One of Indiana’s few native evergreens, this graceful, slow growing tree tolerates full shade and can be easily maintained as a hedge. Prefers part shade and moist, acidic soil. Plants are vulnerable to drought, and branches may scorch if they receive too much sun, particularly if the plant lacks water.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Rocky Loam
Bloom Color: -
Bloom Time: Mar-May
Fruit: Seeds are encased in small cones.
Fall Color: -
Root Type: Branching
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Hosts a few borers and smaller insects. Seeds are eaten by small mammals and birds such as chickadee, crossbill, and pine siskin. Evergreen foliage provides valuable roosting and cover for a many animals, and important nesting habitat for several warblers, including the blackburnian and magnolia warblers.
Notes: Locally, these trees are best known from Turkey Run State Park and surrounds. Individuals are long lived and may reach 500 years old.