Thuja occidentalis, known as Arborvitae or “tree of life,” and Thuja plicata, the Western Red Cedar, are hardy, durable and adaptable conifer species that develop great natural variation, resulting in many new and exciting cultivars. These minimal-maintenance plants, available in many colors, shapes and growth rates, perform well in a variety of garden situations, from screens and hedging to distinctive focal points. Both species tolerate some shade and a wide range of soil types, and T. plicata shows some resistance to deer. Taxonimists have done some rearranging in the science of naming plants which effects Thuja orientalis (its genus name has been changed to Platycladus). We will list as below to allow transition time for our retail customers.