Thuja plicata 'Filifera Nana' / dwarf threadleaf western red-cedar

Thuja plicata 'Filifera Nana' is a dwarf, weeping thread-branched form of western red-cedar that resembles ornamental grass. Branches grow out in all directions creating a mop-like form. Once uncommon, it has recently been usurped in popularity by 'Whipcord'. However, 'Filifera Nana,' however grows considerably slower than 'Whipcord; a mature specimen will only measure 18 inches (50 cm) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide after 10 years of growth, half the rate of 'Whipcord.'

This cultivar's origin is unknown, but believed to have come from the USA a fairly long time ago.

Thuja plicata 'Filifera Nana' at Buchholtz & Buchholtz Nursery in 1999 during the ACS National meeting in Oregon. It was reported to be over 20 yrs old at that time.
Photo by Bill Barger
Thuja plicata 'Filifera Nana' — detail of foliage in a young plant.
Photo by William Dunagin