The Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata) grows to a height of 50–60′ and a spread of 12–20′ at maturity. Is considered a fast rate grower, with growth increases of more than 24″ per year. The green giant arborvitae tolerates a wide range of soil textures. Poorly drained and wet sites should be avoided, and it is very salt-sensitive. Darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter. Requires little or no pruning. Should be planted 5–6′ apart for a screen or hedge. Features tiny, scale-like, glossy green leaves that are packed closely together in overlapping rows on divided branchlets, displaying in a flattened, fan-like spray. Yields 1/2″ long oblong cones that emerge green in the summer and turn brown in the winter. Releases a pleasing aroma when leaves are squeezed. Tolerates wind once established and withstands heavy ice or snow, making it a good choice for a fast-growing windbreak. Shows better resistance to browsing by deer than most arborvitae.
If planting as a hedge, space the trees approximately 8 feet apart. To maintain their natural shape, double the spacing.
Full sun and partial shade are recommended, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Shipped bare-root at 6 to 10″