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Sherwood Moss Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss'

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Sherwood Moss Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss' foliage

Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss' foliage

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Sherwood Moss Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss'

Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Moss'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3a

Other Names: Eastern White Cedar


A recently introduced dwarf evergreen shrub with very fine-textured juvenile foliage, forms a compact ball shape without pruning; ideal for home garden use and in rock gardens; hardy and adaptable, best with some sun, protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features:

Sherwood Moss Arborvitae has green foliage. The ferny leaves remain green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Sherwood Moss Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Sherwood Moss Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Sherwood Moss Arborvitae will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. 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 zones.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Screening Rock Garden
Texture Plant Form Winter Value
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