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Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae

Thujopsis dolabrata 'Nana'

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Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata 'Nana') at Weston Nurseries

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae

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Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata 'Nana') at Weston Nurseries

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


A compact, mound-shaped evergreen shrub with shiny dark green foliage all season long and good form, needs little pruning, a great evergreen accent for home gardens; closely related to the North American white cedar (arborvitae)

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae has dark green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Hiba Arborvitae will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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