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Tom Thumb Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Tom Thumb’

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Tom Thumb Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Tom Thumb’

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Botanical Name

Thuja occidentalis ‘Tom Thumb’

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Tom Thumb Arborvitae is a compact, rounded evergreen bush growing no more than 2 or 3 feet tall and wide. It has a natural round form, without trimming, but it can be trimmed too for the most formal look. The lush green foliage is very dense, never showing a bare interior, and it stays green all winter without bronzing or burning. Use it as a foreground accent in any bed, to mark the corners of your beds, or edge a path. It is also perfect for planters in colder areas where most green plants won’t overwinter in a pot outdoors.

  • Perfect neat ball without trimming
  • A very compact variety for smaller beds and gardens
  • Stays rich emerald-green all year round
  • Perfect for pots and planters
  • Very cold resistant to zone 4

Full sun will keep the Tom Thumb Arborvitae dense and green, but a little shade for part of the day won’t cause any problems. It is winter-hardy even in zone 4, without bronzing from the cold. It grows best in moist soils, so don’t plant it in dry sandy places. It tolerates poor soil, clay and urban conditions and rarely suffers from any pests or diseases. If you want to trim, do it between late spring and early fall.

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