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Hetz Midget Arborvitae

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About Hetz Midget Arborvitae

The Hetz Midget Arborvitae features a naturally compact and rounded growth habit with green feathery foliage that will have hues of bronze-gold in the winter time. Furthermore, this Arborvitae only reaches 4′ H x 4′ W. No pruning required! Therefore, low-maintenance lovers will be free to leave their shears in the shed.

Beyond the foliage, the Hetz Midget is a durable and tough plant that is notably disease and pest resistant! Couple this with impressive cold hardiness once established you will have quite a hardy low-growing shrub on your hands!

Try it as an accent, border, container planting, low-hedge, mass-planting, or in a rock garden.

Hetz Midget Arborvitae Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 3-9.

Hetz Midget Arborvitaes grow best in full sun to partial shade, 5-7 hours a day. Gardeners in the southern U.S. should shield this variety from the afternoon sun, which is particularly intense. Instead, plant it where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade.

Water several times a week as a new planting. Check frequently to ensure that your soil is neither drying or staying soggy. Consequently, this will allow the roots to grow deeper, and pull water that would be normally inaccessible. After the first growing season, you can cut back on supplemental watering.

Plant the Hetz Midget Arborvitae in well-draining garden soil for best results.

Fertilize with a slow-release, high-nitrogen fertilizer every few months starting in spring. This will promote new growth and the overall health of your plant.

For some similar plants with increased foliage interest, check out the Pancake Arborvitae and the Fire Chief Arborvitae.

How to Space Your Hetz Midget Arborvitae

For a seamless planting, space this Arborvitae 3-4 feet apart from plant center to plant center.  For space between plantings, plant them 5+ feet apart.

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Scientific Name
Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Midget'
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Average Size
4' H x 4' W
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