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Thuja occidentalis 'Brabant'

Brabant Arborvitae /

Fragrant deep green, fan-like foliage is tightly held on a mass of branches to form a dense, pyramidal evergreen that is perfect as a specimen or grouped to form a hedge. Tough and tolerant, it is easy to grow and offers great food and cover for loads of native birds and critters. Very hardy!


  • Great nesting site for birds
  • provides year-round cover for wildlife
  • Makes a terrific hedge or wind break
  • Reported to be the most shade tolerant arborvitae
  • Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soil but prefers moist, neutral to alkaline ones. Does not appreciate dry conditions.

12-15 Feet


3-4 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Native Range

Swamps and thickets, upland and floodplain forests from Maine west to Minnesota and south to Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Native Trivia

Provides high quality cover by mimicking the many layers of natural plant communities. This will support increased wildlife diversity. Tall trees teamed with medium shrubs and lower flowers, ferns and sedges will encourage your yard to teem with activity.

"This beautiful evergreen is a great nesting site for us and provides year round cover for a host of other wildlife!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Conifers
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Accent
  • Evergreen
  • Hedge, screen
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin