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Arborvitae
Thuja orientalis

Arborvitae, Thuja orientalisFor many years I had a couple of arborvitae growing in my front garden.  I kept them small, and more neatly trimmed than this specimen.  But there was no root containment.  The roots spread across the yard making hard bumps in the lawn.  When the roots invaded the sewer, I removed the arborvitae.








Arborvitae, Thuja orientalisA key characteristic of arborvitae, notice how the twigs are flattened into a sort of fan.








Arborvitae, Thuja orientalisThe leaves are very small, and completely cover the twigs giving the twigs a flat cross section.  Not all gymnosperms have needle like leaves.








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