Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Conifer, evergreen tree, 30-50 ft (9-15 m) high, dense, pyramidal, branchlets flat, in a single plane. Leaves opposite, coarse, 4-6 mm long, glossy dark green above, distinctive hollowed white stripe of stomata beneath, lateral leaves have somewhat incurved tips. Cones terminal, solitary. Seed cones 1-1.6 cm diameter, subglobose; each fertile scale with 3-5 seeds.
- Sun, but tolerates considerable shade. Prefers moist, acid, organic soil and protection from wind. Does not tolerate drought.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to the moist forests of central and southern Japan.
- The cultivar 'Nana' - is a dwarf shrub, spreading, slow growing, leaves flat, thinner than the species type
- Thujopsis: from Thuja and opsis, resemblance. dolabrata: hatchet-shaped, the leaves.