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[ahr-ber-vahy-tee] /ˌɑr bərˈvaɪ ti/
any of several ornamental or timber-producing evergreen trees belonging to the genus Thuja, of the cypress family, native to North America and eastern Asia, having a scaly bark and scalelike leaves on branchlets.
Anatomy, arbor vitae.
Origin of arborvitae
1655-65 for def 1; 1790-1800 for def 2; < Latin: tree of life Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Branches of pyramidal arborvitae, for example, tend to pull away from the trunk and stay that way for months after a snow storm.
  • The low inner hedges are sculpted from boxwood, while the perimeter hedge is arborvitae.
  • Take special care to clean out dead leaves from arborvitae next to buildings.
  • Better yet, replace the arborvitae with leafy plants.
  • Staff recommends planting of additional vegetation such as arborvitae, to screen the equipment cabinet.
  • The leaves are small and flat, resembling evergreen shrubs such as arborvitae.

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