Chinese arborvitae


Chinese arborvitae, or Oriental arborvitae, is native to China and Korea. In its native distribution it reaches a height of 75 feet, with a trunk 3 feet in diameter. The crown is initially teardrop-shaped, turning rounded as the tree grows, and irregular in old trees. The branches are flat and leaves are small, scalelike, with a smell of resin when crushed. Male cones are minute and develop on the tips of branches, female cones are up to 1 inch long, initially bluish-green, turning brownish as they mature. The generic means flat branches. The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed tree is in front of the chancellor’s house. There are other trees northeast of the house occupied by the Institute for the Development of Online Learning and Teaching (IDEAL), and southwest of the Luchetti Building.

Female cones: this link.

Platycladus orientalis (Cupressaceae)