Thujopsis dolabrata – Hiba (Japan)
Habit: Attractive, strictly conical small tree, often with multiple stems, 5-8 (10) m tall and 4-6 (8) m wide, old park trees up to 18 m tall; twigs densely congested, horizontally extended with lilting tips; slow-growing.
Fruits: Inconspicuous small cones.
Leaves: Attractive, conspicuously shiny scales, fresh green on top with chalk-white mottling underneath, aromatic.
Roots: Shallow and intensive.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade, avoids heat, likes warmth but prefers cool, humid areas, frost hardy, wind resistant.
Soil: Fresh to moist, acidic to slightly alkaline soil, sandy-loamy humic substrate, possible in heavy soil but less growth.
Our tip: T. dolabrata has densely congested branches to the ground. This makes underplanting almost impossible except for the lowest, shade-tolerant ground-covering plants such as Cornus canadensis.
Hardiness: Zone 6a