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
Fast ( 2-4 feet avg per yr )
5-8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )
Full to partial sun
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.
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 POOPeas for use with all of evergreen species. However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.
POOPeas may be used at anytime.
Additional Features & Characteristics:
--Drought Tolerant: Green Giant Arborvitae has shown itself to have exceptional drought tolerance, and a fairly low overall water requirement once established.
--Winter Discoloration: This variety has shown some discoloration ( bronzing ) during the coldest winter months. Bronzing will be most noticeable in colder climates, or in areas where trees are exposed to high winds along with cold temps.