Thujopsis dolabrata Cupressaceae
Elkhorn Cedar, Deerhorn Cedar, Hiba Arborvitae, False Arborvitae thew-YOP-sis DOL-o-bra-ta
- Conifer, evergreen tree, 30-50 ft (9-15 m) high, dense, pyramidal, branches opposite, flat, in a single plane (5-6 mm wide). Leaves coarse, 4-6 mm long, glossy dark green above, distinctive hollowed white stripe of stomata beneath, lateral leaves have somewhat incurved tips.
- Sun, but tolerates considerable shade. Prefers moist, acid, organic soil and protection from wind. Does not tolerate drought.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to the moist forests of central and southern Japan.
- Thujopsis: from Thuja and opsis, resemblance. dolabrata: hatchet-shaped, the leaves. (spelled Thujopsis dolobrata in Dirr, 1998, p. 1016).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: west of Cordley, east side of the Hort Garden.