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Hiba Arborvitae

Thujopsis dolabrata

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Hiba Arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata) at Chalet Nursery

Hiba Arborvitae

Hiba Arborvitae

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Hiba Arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata) at Chalet Nursery

Hiba Arborvitae foliage

Hiba Arborvitae foliage

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


A close relative to the North American white cedar (arborvitae), with a similar appearance; tall, upright pyramidal habit of growth, evergreen foliage is dark and dense; does well in shade but needs shelter and a moist environment

Ornamental Features

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

Hiba Arborvitae is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

Hiba Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Hiba Arborvitae will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial 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 species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features