Thuja Plicata x standishii 'Green Giant'
VERY FAST GROWING !!! A very vigorous growing hybrid arborvitae - fastest growing of all the arbs. Nice pyramidal shape with dense, rich green foliage that has a graceful fernlike texture. Can be used as either a single specimen tree, or as a nice big windbreak, hedge, or screen. Recommended spacing of 6 - 7 feet apart when used as a screen / border.
Good growth rates - best of all the Thujas.......but beware of many false / exaggerated growth claims being published throughout the industry these days!!
From our experience with this hybrid, growth can be expected to be between 2 - 4 feet per year in average conditions. Obviously, growth may be more in very favorable conditions - and substantially less in poorer conditions. We have personally seen claims of 5 - 6 feet......or more per year advertised. Sorry folks, just not gonna happen. They grow fast, but that is stretching it just a bit.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height :
40 - 60 ft
--Mature Width :
10 - 16 ft
--Growth Rate :
Fast ( 2 - 4 feet avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 8
--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic, slightly sandy - well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - nice dark green color - minimal color change during winter. Good thick, dense heavy texture with fanlike sprays of aromatic foliage
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - occasional groups of small cones have been noted on nearly mature specimens
--Diseases / Insects :
Bagworms, spider mites are of the biggest concern - but are rarely seen in most areas.
--Recommended Spacing :
A spacing of approximately 6 - 7 feet apart is recommended for most typical privacy screen & border / windbreak planting applications. Exact spacing can vary slightly from one individual case to another, depending on area of the country, sun exposure, and other site-specific characteristics.
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.