Thujopsis dolobrata 'Nana' ( Laetevirens) - aka Dwarf Elkhorn Cedar, Hiba Arborvitae, False Arborvitae
This is a dwarf version of the Thujopsis dolobrata, and a wonderful little landscape plant that is seldom seen in this country. The foliage of Thujopsis Nana resembles that of its larger counterpart, with size being the major distinction - nana foliage is much smaller in size, and thinner in texture. Same interesting shape, which tends to resemble the formation of elk horns, or antlers as it matures.....which gives this species a very unique, interesting appearance.
Smaller mature size range makes this variety a great choice for foreground plantings, foundation plantings, or even for use as accents & lining of sidewalks & paths. One of our favorite little evergreens - a must for any avid collector of the rare & unusual evergreen.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: up to 3 ft
Mature Width: 2 1/2 - 3 ft.
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" 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: Uniquely branched medium 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: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.