Hetz Midget Arborvitae
Hetz Midget Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Midget'Item #7292 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
A small evergreen shrub with a dense, naturally globe-shaped growth habit. Rich green needles are arranged in flat layered sprays. The compact form makes this a popular accent plant for mixed borders or containers. A very adaptable, tough, durable plant.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:THEW-ya ok-si-den-TAY-lisPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasThis bright small arborvitae is exceptional in limited city gardens and courtyards with trying conditions as small hedge or spherical semiformal accents. This form is exceptional for spare modern design gently clipped to geometric perfection. Use in beds and borders to add interest for the winter months, particularly under snow, when all else is bare. Adapts beautifully to wild and rock gardens where they are exceptional. A problem solver for formal gardens in dry climates of the Southwest where boxwood and other conifers suffer. Makes a fine container foliage plant for porch, patio and terrace.Companion PlantsSnowberry (Symphoricarpos); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Weigela (Weigela); Lilac (Syringa); Coneflower (Echinacea)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, evenly moist, loamy, well-drained soils; dislikes dry conditions. Mulch around root zone and shelter from drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:These shrubs are members of the cypress family with characteristically scented wood and foliage. The genus was so named from the Greek for resin bearing tree. There are five species native to North American and eastern Asia with only two in cultivation. T. occidentalis is native to the eastern half of North America and was brought into cultivation early on in the 16th century. Hetz Midget was discovered as a seedling in 1928 at Fairview Nurseries, Fairview, PA, but not introduced until 1942.Lore:Cypress wood is valued for its resistance to decomposition and as such is used for fence posts and other examples of earth-to-wood contact. Leaves and twigs produce a camphor-like essential oil.