Thujopsis dolabrata ‘Nana’

dwarf hiba cedar

Outstanding Qualities

This compact, slow growing evergreen conifer has unusual bold antler-like foliage. The thick textured leaves are deep green on one side and stippled and patterned with chalky white on the other. Surprisingly tough, it will grow in most soils as long as there is good drainage and will tolerate full sun to shade. The bold clean growth has a sense of balance and symmetry in the habit of the shrub, providing a refined characteristic in the landscape. In full sun the leaves take on an interesting orange and olive hue until the warmer spring weather. It will form a layered mound over time with a low graceful profile.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Combine with rhododendrons and azaleas. The soft forms of smaller ornamental grasses create an attractive harmony. The winter foliage looks great with silver tones leaves.

Great Color Contrasts: silver, burgundy, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes

Dwarf Hiba arborvitae grows best in full sun or light to open shade in well-drained soil. Frequent to regular watering is best during prolonged periods of drought. The soil can be of average type, but should be well-drained. No pruning is required for proper growth and careless pruning can ruin the interesting form of this conifer.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering