Chinese Arborvitae – Oriental Arbor-vitae

Thuja orientalis (Wikipedia)

Platycladus is a monotypic genus of evergreen coniferous trees in the cypress family Cupressaceae, containing only one species, Platycladus orientalis, also known as Chinese thuja, Oriental arborvitae, Chinese arborvitae, biota or Oriental thuja. It is native to northeastern parts of East Asia and North Asia, but is also now naturalised as an introduced species in other regions of the Asian continent.

Chinese arborvitae
Platycladus orientalis Simatai.jpg
Platycladus orientalis in its natural habitat in Simatai, Great Wall of China
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Gymnosperms
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Cupressales
Family: Cupressaceae
Subfamily: Cupressoideae
Genus: Platycladus
P. orientalis
Binomial name
Platycladus orientalis
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