The Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata) is a fast-growing evergreen for your privacy screen needs! This breed is a tremendously popular selection for a privacy screen, and for good reason. Much like the Leyland Cypress, it has a rapid growth rate. 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, this variety is reliably evergreen and keeps its attractive bright green foliage year-round. Furthermore, this low maintenance beauty features a naturally pyramidal growth habit. At maturity, it reaches 40-50 feet tall H x 10-12 feet wide.
This durable Thuja is able to hold up against heavy snow as well as ice. It’s also a remarkably wind-tolerant plant. Plant a perimeter of them around your home. They block out chilling winds beautifully, which can even make it easier for you to heat your house during the winter.
It’s pest and disease resistant and rarely falls victim to deer.
For an impenetrable wall of foliage, plant a row of these trees spaced 5-6 feet apart. This may sound remarkably close, but the foliage will intertwine and you will have seamless privacy coverage.
Green Giant Arborvitae Care
Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8. It’s capable of withstanding temperatures down between -30° and -25° F once fully established in the landscape.
Plant in Full Sun for best results. 6+ hours of direct sun 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 deep into the soil, ensuring future success. After it’s established, this tree is notably drought-tolerant.
Well-draining soil is important for this privacy tree to succeed. Planting them in wet sites with poor drainage can lead to root rot, or at the very least will prevent microorganisms from maintaining the soil properly. Otherwise, it’s not a very particular plant when it comes to soil. It takes sandy or loamy, rich or poor, acidic or alkaline soils in stride. Sandy soils and other quick-draining soils may require more frequent waterings, but they will grow successfully in them. Over time, they will require less supplementary water.
If you intend to keep this variety at a particular height, trim it yearly after new growth has hardened off. If allowed to grow freely, pruning is generally unnecessary. However, the removal of unsightly ‘rebel’ branches is occasionally necessary for aesthetic purposes.
How to Plant Green Giant Arborvitae Trees
First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Mix your native soil with gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. Backfill the hole with the soil mixture and top with 3-4 inches of mulch to help retain moisture. Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Soon your plant will be well-adjusted to its planting location and shooting for the moon.
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 periodically 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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