White Cedar, Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae 'Hetz Midget'

Thuja occidentalis

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thuja (THOO-yuh) (Info)
Species: occidentalis (ok-sih-den-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Hetz Midget




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

West Friendship, Maryland

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Cincinnati, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Kaysville, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2013, NancyGroutsis from Hopkinton, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a compact emerald green shrub. I got one about 1 ft. high last year and potted it and it looked healthy on a NW facing porch. Then it was repotted in the shade and it quickly began to fade. Then it was planted in a semi-shade area in the North side of the home in midwinter and it survived a harsh winter with many feet of snow all the while retaining its emerald color.

I think a neighbor's dog started urinating on it because in spring the side facing the lawn turned brown. But by the end of summer it was all-green again without pruning. The shrub has a very full and healthy appearance in its natural state. It only grew about an inch in one year but it's a stalwart shrub as long as it's watered at least twice a week in zone 5b.