Thuja occidentalis 'Filiformis' - Weeping Threadleaf Arborvitae
Family - Cupressaceae
Size - Very slow growing, compact, conical to globe shaped form to about 6 feet in height.
Foliage - Stranded and filamentous, arching. Shoots do not branch or only very slightly, compressed.
Flower/Fruit/Seed - Cones, oblong about 2/3" in length.
Bark - Reddish brown, some gray.
Pests and Diseases - None noticed although there are several blights that can occur.
Landscape Use - Conifer garden/rock garden. Very unusual in appearance (okay, it's weird) and would probably look best if worked in with other ornamentals, rather than used as a solitary specimen in the landscape.
Performance - 9 Has done quite well. The plant on this page is located in part shade all day and has tolerated it well. It would probably be more dense and show more color if located in full sun, but it may also be more susceptable to burn and dessication also. It was planted in the fall of 1988 as a 2 1/2 foot tall plant and is approximately 3 1/2 feet tall in 1997. Yes, that's right, approximately 1 foot in almost 10 years. It is located in the Japanese Garden behind the Tom Bevill Center.