Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Wintergreen' / Hetz Wintergreen arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Wintergreen' is a robust-growing, narrowly conical, upright selection of eastern arborvitae with a strong central leader and compact bright-green foliage that retains good color year-round. This quality is especially desireable in areas of the world that experience heavy snow load problems. It is an excellent choice for year-round screening, hedging, and windbreaks.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 15 feet (5 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 feet (45 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the 1940s by F.C. Hetz and Fairview Evergreen Nursery, Fairview, Pennsylvania, USA.

Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Wintergreen' — a 2008 accessioned at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Wintergreen' illustrating the excellent screening and windbreak effect created by this cultivar. The plants shown in the photo are approximately 25 years of age and 35 feet tall, growing in Moline, Illinois.
Photo by Chub Harper
Thuja occidentalis 'Hetz Wintergreen' in Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa.
Photo by Dax Herbst

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