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Green Giant Arborvitae
Green Giant Arborvitae is a fast growing evergreen conifer perfect for creating a tall screen to block unwanted views and as a buffer against noise and wind. More details below!

Green Giant Arborvitae

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Green Giant Arborvitae
Thuja standishii plicata 'Green Giant''

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-8b  Find Your Zone

Special Attributes

Green Giant Arborvitae is a fast growing evergreen conifer perfect for creating a tall privacy screen to block unwanted views and as a buffer against noise and wind. Once the root system becomes established in the first growing season rapid growth will be the result in subsequent seasons. When planted right and in the right spot, you can expect 24 inches or more of growth in a single season. At maturity this narrow, pyramidal growing conifer will reach 40 to 50 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide.

Landscape & Garden Uses

With it's tall stature up to 50 feet tall over time, and its and handsome evergreen foliage, Green Giant Arborvitae is ideal for use as a privacy screen to block unwanted views, dampen sound, and to buffer wind. Green Giant can also be useful as a stand alone specimen or to frame corners of tall buildings or other structures.  It's the perfect choice for a narrow hedge or screen or to line a driveway or property line. It also grows well in pots and other containers where it serves as a unique centerpiece with foliage that contrasts nicely with flowers and other plants. A fine addition to conifer gardens, formal gardens, rock gardens, and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Spacing:  10' apart for solid hedge;  15' apart for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

The Green Giant Arborvitae is very easy to grow in moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and full to mostly sun. It requires no pruning and is quite drought tolerant when established. To facilitate faster but steady growth, fertilize in spring and again in late summer with a well-balanced shrub and tree type fertilizer. Avoid planting underneath low powerlines. Deer turn their noses up to Arborvitae. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Coniferous Evergreen
Height at Maturity:  40-50'
Width at Maturity:  10-12'
Spacing:  6-8' apart for solid screens; 15'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Conical, Dense, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes, pine scented
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5 - 8
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Insect

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