Cedar Tree Seeds, Eastern White Cedar

(Thuja occidentalis) Evergreen. Zones 3-7.

Arborvitae is majestic in size and full of wonderful health benefits. Latin for Tree of Life, its potent resin and vitamin rich foliage were used by Indigenous Peoples and early settlers in North America to treat scurvy. 

Commonly known as Eastern or Northern White Cedar, Arborvitae has flat, lacy sprays of aromatic needles, emerald green and gold in colour, striking against the red-brown bark. Clusters of small bud-like cones transform from green to nutmeg brown when mature. It grows in a pyramid shape and typically reaches 30 feet tall. 

Slow growing and easy to care for, Arborvitae, with their dense evergreen foliage, make excellent hedges or living privacy walls in the garden. It grows happily in average, well-drained soil, but does not tolerate dry conditions and prefers full sun. 

Indigenous Peoples used all parts of the tree for their health benefits but also for buildings boats, totem poles, baskets and clothing. Arborvitae essential oils are a powerful cleansing and purifying agent. 

Unfortunately, due to over-harvesting is now very rare in Nova Scotia.


Cold Hardiness: Zones 3 - 7

Edible: Medicinal

SizeMedium Tree  

Growth RateMedium - Slow

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: Yes

Germination: 50 - 70%

Sun requirements: Full Sun - Partial Shade

Soil Requirements: Moist, well draining.


Arborvitae seed does not require a pre-treatment.

Learn about starting trees from seed with Our Guide To Fall Planting

You will be 100% satisfied with the quality of our Arborvitae seeds, especially if grown in an organic garden. 

Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Nova Scotia, Canada. 


  • $4.99

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