Arborvitae: An Evergreen Cedar Tree [Bonsai]

in bonsai •  10 days ago 


Enjoy photos of this tree from my outdoor collection of small trees.

Arborvitae can make an attractive bonsai tree with a bit of creativity. Check out my progress.


Normally grown as a wall hedge to block neighbors from looking into the yard, Arborvitae can be pruned and clipped year-round into many varieties of shapes.

The way I prune mine is to make it look more like its taller cousin, the Western Red Cedar. Whenever I find fronds of needles growing between the branch joins, I pluck them out, and it forces needles to bud and fan from other parts of the tree. Stripping a branch clean on the inside causes it to swell and get thicker, grow longer, and it also thickens the trunk.

Arborvitae have something in their DNA that knows where to grow needles on the tree to absorb sunlight with the maximum amount of surface area as possible. Without continual care, the tree will return to its natural hedge form and develop suckers all over the branches and trunk to fill in any voids.


The inner shape of the tree is most visible from this front view angle.


The tree is a bit without a defined form because I bent the crown over so far. While it continues to provide health for the tree, an new thinner branch is being allowed to climb up to new heights.

A new branch of the tree now reigns supreme, to bear the burden of the crown of needles. So goes the Game of Thorns.

Historical Information

ID: 0001
Nickname: Ozma
Type: #Arborvitae
Age: 6 or 7 years
Grown: #yamadori (I think I cut it from the root where it was growing as a sucker weed)
Last repotting: November 9, 2018
Last wired: July 31, 2019

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