TATER TOT® Arborvitae

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 3-4'

Got a spot in your landscape that needs a little something to make it more interesting? Plant a Tater Tot® arborvitae! This cute little dwarf evergreen naturally grows in a dense ball shape without the need for pruning or training. Lush “fans” of evergreen foliage give it appealing texture and year-round interest. Tater Tot arborvitae works nicely as an edging in a landscape, providing structure and winter beauty in a flower garden, or in containers. It also provides excellent structure for lighting.

Why grow Tater Tot arborvitae?

  • Naturally dwarf evergreen keeps its shape without pruning
  • Lush fan-like foliage provides texture
  • Native to North America


Light: Full sun (6+hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Soil: Any well-drained soil will do

Water: Average water needs

Fertilizing: Nothing special required; apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring if desired

Pruning: Not required; Tater Tot naturally grows as a dense little globe. If you wish to give it a tighter appearance, soft growth may be trimmed lightly in late spring/early summer, once the new growth for the season has emerged

Botanical Name

Thuja occidentalis 'SMNTOBAB' PP#30,761, CBRAF


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round

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