Misinformed & Bad Choice

(1) All woody species (vines, shrubs & trees) are indeterminate growers (i.e., they do not stop growing {getting bigger} unless dormant, until dead, and some species may live many decades or centuries). Eastern White Cedar (AKA arborvitae) Thuja occidentalis is no exception. It is a tree; a potentially very big tree. I have observed ancient specimens in Michigan 75+ feet tall with trunks well over 4 feet in diameter! The "mature size" listed on most plant labels is usually intended to be the ten-year average size. There is NO full grown (mature) size. The maximum possible size is determined by the genetic constitution of the species/cultivar, how planted, where planted, the growing co

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.

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