Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup' / Holmstrup arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup' is a popular choice where one desires a dwarf, narrow arborvitae for use in a border or as a focal point in a small garden. This selection is quite columnar with compact branching and attractive deep green foliage that holds its color well in cold winters. In essence, 'Holmstrup' is a dwarf Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd.' After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 to 10 feet (2 - 3 m) tall and 2.5 feet (80 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 12 inches (20 - 30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1940s by nurseryman, Asger M. Jensen of Holmstrup, Denmark. It is occasionally seen listed in a Latinized form, Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrupensis' or 'Holmstrupii.' It has been easily found In North American commerce since the mid-1960s.

An attractive hedgerow of Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup'
Photo by Stadam nursery inc. Latvia



Can you recommend any conifers to use in containers on a sunny terrace in Boston? The terrace is on the 12th floor so the plants would need to stay in the containers through the winter. Any suggestions for protecting them during the colder months would be appreciated. Thank you. Christine

Nancy Golinia

Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup' ... do deer eat at these trees?

Maxwell Cohn

yes!! Without question. Arborvitae are one of deer's preferred food sources.