Close up of Thuja (arborvitae) leaves.

Botanical Nerd Word: Imbricate

Imbricate: Overlapping like roofing shingles; in conifers, used for tightly pressed scale leaves of many Cupressaceae and Podocarpaceae.* The arborvitae (Thuja) above, a member of the Cupressaceae family, has imbricate …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Strict

Strict: Very straight and upright, not at all spreading.* This arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) in the Knot Garden has a very upright growth habit. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An …

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