Thuja occidentalis Zmatlik

Available early May

Thuja occidentalis 'Zmatlik' photo courtesy of Iseli Nursery


Thuja occidentalis ‘Zmatlik’ is medium green throughout spring and summer, but in winter, as temperatures fall, it puts on its winter coat of intense plum-bronze. The winter colour is very dramatic and adds to the already interesting texture of this hardy narrow column. Small, scale-like sprays of foliage twist and curl creating a densely foliaged plant than can be enjoyed as a single specimen or planted as a screen. Found as a seedling by Mr. Zmatlik in the Czech Republic in 1984.

  • Height: 4.6 m (15 ft)
  • Spread: 120 cm (4 ft)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: full sun
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Shape: narrow upright

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cedars are easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions. Amend the soil by adding compost and ensure that they receive regular watering because cedars need an evenly moist soil. Mulching the root zone will also help to keep the soil moist. They will tolerate partial sun but too much shade will make them lanky and open. They tolerate shearing to shape them. This is best done in the spring before active growth begins.