Botanical Name: Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Midget'
Common Name: Hetz Midget Arborvitae  
Plant photo of: Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Midget'
Previous Photo     Next Photo

Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Conifer, Shrub


Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Specimen, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences, Walkways


Special Uses

Hedge, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Although the species is a native American coniferous evergreen tree which grows 40 to 60 feet tall, 'Hetz Midget' is a slow-growing, globe-shaped, dwarf cultivar that typically matures to only 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. Blue-green foliage is scale-like and appears in flat, fan-shaped clusters. 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, and is a problem solver for formal gardens in our dry climate where boxwood and other conifers suffer. Makes a fine container foliage plant for porch, patio and terrace.
Grow in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Somewhat wide range of soil tolerance, but prefers moist, well-drained clay or sandy-loam soils. Intolerant of dry conditions. Appreciates some light afternoon shade in our hot, dry summer climates. Plants may open up in too much shade, however. Site in locations protected from cold winter winds. Does not require pruning to maintain form.