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Hondai Japanese Arborvitae*

Thujopsis dolabrata 'Hondai'

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Hondai Japanese Arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata 'Hondai') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae

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Hondai Japanese Arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata 'Hondai') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae foliage

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Hiba Arborvitae


A close relative to the North American white cedar (arborvitae), with a similar appearance; tall, upright pyramidal habit of growth, evergreen foliage is dark and dense; does well in shade but needs shelter and a moist environment

Ornamental Features

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae has dark green foliage. The small scale-like leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Hondai Japanese Arborvitae will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features