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Hiba Arborvitae Thujopsis dolabrata

Phonetic Spelling
thoo-YOP-sis dol-uh-BRAY-tuh
Description

Hiba Arborvitae is a conical needled evergreen native to Japan in the cypress family.  The bright green densely packed needles provide color and winter interest in the garden.  Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained, neutral to acidic soils.  This tree does not tolerate dry soils and appreciates protection from wind and afternoon sun in hot summer locations.  This tree is quite large so choose a location that plans for its mature size.

It can be susceptible to branch breakage from snow and ice and winter burn on leaves. No serious insect and disease issues but leaf blight can cause some damage as may canker, leaf miner, scales, mealybugs and mites.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Latifolia'
    Dwarf form
  • 'Nana'
'Latifolia', 'Nana'
Tags:
#wildlife plant#large tree#slow growing#conifer#fleshy leaves#cover plant#winter interest#hedges#privacy#needled evergreen#glossy leaves#screening#dense growth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Latifolia'
    Dwarf form
  • 'Nana'
'Latifolia', 'Nana'
Tags:
#wildlife plant#large tree#slow growing#conifer#fleshy leaves#cover plant#winter interest#hedges#privacy#needled evergreen#glossy leaves#screening#dense growth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thujopsis
    Species:
    dolabrata
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides shelter for wildlife
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Conical
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits, but tiny thick brown and violet with white wax ovoid seed cones. They are solitary on terminal branches.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Decussate pairs of scale-like leaves. Thick fleshy leaves are glossy on top and white stomata on the underside.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Bark Description:
    Gray to Red-brown exfoliating in vertical strips
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The branchlets grow in a single plane.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Recreational Play Area
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Shade Tree