Platycladus is a densely branched evergreen conifer in the cypress family Cupressaceae, also known as Chinese thuja, Oriental arborvitae, Chinese arborvitae, biota or oriental thuja. It is native to northwestern China, Korea, and the Russian Far East. Used most often in formal hedges, screens and windbreaks, or as specimen plantings. Displays showy distinct blueish 1" inch cones with wingless seeds. Hardy in zones 6-11. "Arborvitae" is Latin for "tree of life."
This plant is of high significance in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs.
Can also be potted and trimmed for bonsai culture.