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Thujopsis dolabrata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer, Shrub or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

hiba

Family

Cupressaceae


Thujopsis are evergreen conifers with flat sprays of aromatic, scale-like leaves and insignificant flowers, followed by small cones with leathery scales

T. dolabrata is an evergreen conifer forming a large conical shrub or small tree with flattened sprays of large, glossy deep green scale-leaves with conspicuous white markings beneath

Other common names

  • hatchet-leaved arbor-vitae
  • hiba arbor-vitae

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold dry winds. A good specimen tree in woodland

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free