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Seattle, WA

November 8, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9328077

are these the fruits of thuja or platycladus orientalis? could anyone distinguish the between the two?



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Beautiful, BC
(Zone 9b)

November 8, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #9328210

Platycladus has the sprays of foliage strongly vertical and is more "ball-like".


United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 8, 2012
3:28 PM

Post #9328217

Platycladus orientalis.

Thuja cones are slenderer (less than 5 mm broad when closed), and without the hook-like bracts. The foliage sprays in Thuja are also more horizontal or drooping, not erect like this.

If you open the cones, Platycladus seeds are like small nuts 5-6 mm long and wingless, while Thuja seeds are slender, flat, and with a narrow wing down each side of the seed.

Seattle, WA

November 8, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #9328233

I'm leaning toward platycladus. thanks for the help.


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