Hot Head®


Vibrant Evergreen Foliage

Vibrant evergreen foliage adds color to the garden throughout the seasons. The dwarf habit of Hot Head® Arborvitae provides unparalleled texture without taking up too much space. With the added benefit of extreme heat and cold tolerance, it is an excellent choice for low-maintenance landscapes.


Thuja occidentalis 'RutThu#1' PP#26,840

Hot Head® Arborvitae

Evergreen foliage adds color throughout the seasons

Provides unparalleled texture

Excellent choice for low-maintenance landscapes

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Hot Head®

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Full Sun to Partial Sun
Average Height
3' - 4'
Average Width
3' - 4'
Average Spacing
3' - 4'
Hardiness Zones
Zone 3 - 9
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, semi-moist
Hot Head®

Features & Uses


  • Can serve as groundcover
  • Deer resistant
  • Disease resistant
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Provides fall color



  • Accent
  • Container
  • Hedge
  • Specimen
Hot Head®

General Maintenance


  • Prune to maintain size and shape
  • Rarely prune



Apply general purpose fertilizer in the spring when new growth appears. Check with your preferred garden center for your specific area.



Mix with annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs to create a variety of interest in the garden throughout the year.

Hot Head®

Companion Plants

There are several plants that would make great companions in the garden or landscape.
The key to companion planting is selecting plants with similar cultural requirements. Below are a few suggestions:


Baby Lace® Hydrangea, Blue Cascade® Distylium, Berry Dazzle® Crapemyrtle, Ever Red® Loropetalum

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Providing a broad range of sizes, forms and textures, evergreens create a perfect framework to unify the garden throughout the seasons. 


Shown: Blue Cascade®

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Combine annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs or trees with a variety of evergreens to create a colorful backyard haven. Year round foliage adds color during dull winter months.


Shown: Arrow Point™ Holly

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Planting Guide

  • Dig a planting hole twice as large as the root ball
  • Remove plant from container and place in planting hole
  • Level top of root ball with the ground
  • Backfill
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Keep moist until established


Shown: Hot Head®

Care & Planting

Care & Planting


With good natural forms, pruning is not typically required. To develop or maintain a desired shape or size, however, it is best to prune in the fall for desired shape.


Shown: Paul's Gold Cypress

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    With its vibrant evergreen foliage, Hot Head® Arborvitae creates an abundance of color in the garden all year long. It is the perfect size to tuck into smaller spaces or plant in mass for more intrigue during dull winter months. Consider mixing with other sun loving shrubs such as Berry Dazzle® Dwarf Crapemyrtle or Baby Lace® Hydrangea for a lively, low maintenance landscape.

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