No I haven't been beating my shrubs. While shopping this weekend I ran across this most interesting Arborvitae. It is Thuja plicata 'Whipcord'. I have never seen such a shrub before. I fell in love with it and my Dearly Beloved thought I should have it. It has these long tendrils that almost look scaled. I just love the way it feels. Almost like braided leather. It is supposed to be glossy green during summer and have a broze cast in winter. I can't wati to see how it changes during the seasons. I can't hardly keep my hands off of it. I did long enough to get it planted though.