The Green Giant Arborvitae is a fast-growing superstar for your privacy planting pleasure! This breed is a tremendously popular selection for a privacy screen, and for good reason. It’s capable of growing 3-5 feet every year! Therefore, it’s ideal for anywhere you want some serious coverage, and you want it quickly.
In addition to rapid growth, the Green Giant Arborvitae is reliably evergreen and keeps its attractive bright green foliage year-round. Furthermore, this low maintenance beauty features a naturally pyramidal growth habit.
This durable Thuja is able to hold up against heavy snow as well as ice, and proves itself to be remarkably wind-tolerant.
The Green Giant Arborvitae is insect and disease resistant, and rarely fall victim to deer.
For an impenetrable wall of foliage, plant a row of Green Giant Thuja spaced 5-6 feet apart. This may sound remarkably close, but the foliage will intertwine and you will have seamless privacy coverage.
For a planting with space between each tree, aim for around 12-15 feet between each plant.
Green Giant Arborvitae Care
Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8.
Plant in Full Sun for best results. 6+ hours will ensure maximum plant health and foliage coverage.
Water regularly after planting for the first growing season. 2-3 times a week is sufficient in average weather conditions. Consequently, this frequent watering allows your Green Giant Arborvitae to send its roots deeply into the soil, ensuring future success. After it’s established, this tree is notably drought tolerant.
Well-draining soil is essential for this privacy tree to succeed. Soil with poor drainage can lead to root rot, or at the very least will prevent microorganisms from maintaining the soil properly.
If you intend to keep this variety at a particular height, trim yearly after new growth has hardened off. If allowed to grow freely, pruning is generally unnecessary. However, removal of unsightly ‘rebel’ branches is sometimes necessary to keep your Green Giant Arborvitae growing in a uniform pattern.
Spacing Green Giant Arborvitae Trees
Plant your Green Giant Arborvitae 5-6 feet apart for a fast privacy screen. However, at this distance, you will need to trim them yearly to keep them from reaching their maximum height of 40-50′ tall. Otherwise, they will rub against each other and cause branch damage. If you plant them 10+ feet apart, feel free to let them grow unpruned.
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