This plant is
also known as False Arborvitae, or Hiba Arborvitae - which is why we
chose to list it with all our other Arborvitae varieties. Thujopsis dolobrata is native to central Japan, and was introduced into America back in 1861. Has rather
thick, widely branched foliage which in our opinion somewhat resembles
elk horns when larger. Has a very heavy, almost "chunky" texture when compared to a true Thuja ( Arborvitae ). Truly a very unusual look. Has nice dark green
foliage with bright, pure white splotches - a great contrast. These
plants look just great as a group planting (3 or 4 in a group). Prefers mostly sunny spots, but will tolerate a good amount of shade. Very hard plant to find, but
definitely worth keeping in your landscape.
Much slower growth than the regular non-variegated Thujopsis dolobrata, and in severe weather conditions ( extreme cold / wind, extreme heat, etc ) some burning of the variegated portions of the foliage has been observed. Best planting location would be in a spot with good sun exposure - but in warmer climates, you may want to search out a spot with a bit of a break from the hottest, midday sun to prevent burning of variegation. Also consider exposure to any strong, cold wintry winds when choosing a spot for this variety - giving preference to sheltered locations.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 10-15 ft
Mature Width: 8-10 ft
Growth rate: Slow to Moderate ( 4"- 6" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 6-9, zone 5 possible if sheltered. ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Mostly sun to mostly shade. Good sun exposure is recommended for best color & growth rate, but in warmer zones / climates it is wise to give this plant a break from the hot intense midday sun to prevent sunburn..........especially on the variegated portions.
Soil Preference: Average to slightly acidic & fertile - well drained. Mulching strongly recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Fairly rigid, thick textured foliage - although not as heavy as the standard, non- variegated version of Thujopsis dolobrata. Base color is good, dark green - variegation is bright, pure white. Good contrast.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: 1/2"-3/4" long cones are occasionally seen on older, mature specimens. Cones contain 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