Thuja occidentalis 'Malonyana Holub' / Malonyana Holub arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Malonyana Holub' is a miniature, irregular upright selection of eastern arborvitae that often grows with multiple leaders. Older plants resemble small cathedrals with lots of pointed minarets. Foliage is extremely congested and crepey, resembling the foliage seen on Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wissel's Saguaro' or C. obtusa 'Chirimen.'

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure only 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1992 by Radek Holub of Miniarboretum u Holubů, Staříč, Czech Republic. This is a true collectors conifer that would be at home in any eclectic garden.

Thuja occidentalis 'Malonyana Holub' — a picture of what is likely the original plant in Radek Holub's Miniarboretum u Holubů in Staříč, Czech Republic.
Photo by Zsolt Mesterházy, courtesy of
Thuja occidentalis 'Malonyana Holub' in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Thuja occidentalis 'Malonyana Holub' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk