Thujopsis dolobrata 'Hondai'
aka Elkhorn Cedar, Hiba Arborvitae, False Arborvitae
plant is also known as False Arborvitae, or Hiba Arborvitae - which is
why we chose to list them with our other Arborvitae varieties. Native to northern Japan, where some specimens have been recorded to reach heights of up to nearly 100 ft tall. In cultivation, a much shorter mature height is to be expected however - with 35-40 ft tall being the norm. Has
nice, deep green foliage which remind us of elk horns when the plant
gets larger. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate a little shade. Very
interesting type of foliage with an extremely dense branching habit.
Looks great in a group planting (3 or 4 in a group) - truly a beautiful
evergreen plant. Easy to grow - little or no maintenance at all.
This variety can make a very, very attractive specimen planting due to its rather large, broad size - very sturdy species. Thujopsis maintains a good green color with very minimal discoloration / bronzing at all during the winter. Good growth rate, and very hardy.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 20-35 ft
Mature Width: 8-12 ft.
Growth rate: Moderate ( 10"-14" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 5-8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - best growth & foliage density is observed in mostly sunny locations.
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic & fertile - well drained. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Heavy, thick dark green foliage is very sturdy. Very minimal bronzing / discoloration is observed with this variety during the winter.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Semi globose shaped 1/2"-3/4" long cones are produced on more mature specimens. Cones ripen in very early fall, and contain horn shaped, winged seeds.
Diseases / Insects: No serious disease / pest threats have been noted for this variety.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either
water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone
is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is
acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall -
avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after