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GreneThum
Feb 24, 2019 1:08 PM CST
So I'm brand new to gardening, but a potted fur tree came with my apartment. Wondering what kind it is and how to care for the poor guy. Judging by placement that blocked light from the south and west, I'm guessing to little sun light and probably not enough water. Will moving it some place sunnier and watering more save it or is it to far gone? Also how often do you water a potted tree?

Looks like he's got about 5 little trunks all coming up from the roots, should I be thinning those so they don't choke each other in the little box he's in?

Any help welcome, I clearly have no idea what I'm doing. Thanks!
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Bonehead
Feb 24, 2019 1:20 PM CST
Welcome! Looks like an arborvitae to me. I'd start by clipping off all the obviously dead stuff to see what you have to work with. Once you get a solid ID, you will be better able to figure out what the sun/water needs are. Good luck.
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ViburnumValley
Feb 24, 2019 1:22 PM CST
That looks like a Thuja occidentalis - American Arborvitae.

That will not have any kind of good long term prospects in such a container. I suspect short of immersing it in a bigger bucket of water, you won't be able to keep up with its water needs - and it sure does not have adequate rooting volume there.

I suspect the browning is not only due to lack of sunlight, but also due to drying out as you've mentioned. If it were me, I'd find a landscape to have it planted out in (disentangle the roots first) to give it the best prospects. Then, find another plant that would rather live in a relatively small pot on an apartment patio.
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