Frequently asked questions regarding evergreen trees for privacy screening

Below are the frequently asked questions we receive here at Pryor’s Nursery regarding the evergreen trees that we grow locally here on our farm in Damascus, MD.

How quickly does the Green Giant Arborvitae grow?

Green Giant Arborvitae earns its reputation for rapid growth, with an average annual increase ranging from 2-2.5 feet in the mid-Atlantic region. This fast growth rate sets it apart and makes it a preferred choice for homeowners seeking quick results in their landscapes.

Can I plant Green Giant Arborvitae in various soil types?

Absolutely! Green Giant Arborvitae embraces diversity in soil, adapting to sandy, loamy, or clayey grounds—just ensure they offer proper drainage. It’s a tree that thrives on nature’s variety.

How do I care for Green Giant Arborvitae to ensure optimal growth?

Think of it as nurturing a friend. Adequate watering, generous sunshine, and a little trimming now and then to shape its growth and remove any tired branches—simple acts of care keep the Green Giant Arborvitae thriving.

Can I create a natural privacy screen using Green Giant Arborvitae?

Indeed! The Green Giant Arborvitae is the number one choice for crafting natural privacy screens. Plant them in a row, or stagger them in 2 rows, and they will provide you with a peaceful retreat.

Is the Green Giant Arborvitae suitable for smaller gardens?

Yes! While Green Giant Arborvitae is known for its impressive size, it can be pruned to maintain a more manageable height. It can indeed be suitable for smaller gardens, provided you plan for its growth and periodically trim it to your desired dimensions.

Are Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae trees deer resistant?

Yes, which is why they are so popular as living fence privacy screens.

How far apart should Green Giant Arborvitae be planted?

Ideally 5-6 feet apart in a row to create a privacy screen or, 10-12 feet apart if staggering them in two rows.

How far from a fence should Green Giant Arborvitae be planted?

Ideally, plant Green Giant Arborvitaes 3-4 feet away from a fence to promote faster and fuller growth, but a minimum of 2 feet is also suitable.

How fast does Nellie Stevens Holly tree grow?

Nellie Stevens Holly trees can grow 6″-12″ a year on average for the Mid-Atlantic region.

How far apart should Nellie Stevens Holly trees be planted?

To achieve optimal privacy screening, plant holly trees 5-6 ft. apart.

How big do Nellie Stevens Holly trees grow?

The Nellie Stevens Holly can reach heights of 15-25 feet and widths of 5-10 feet; however, you can trim it to maintain a specific height.

What are the ideal planting conditions for Nellie Stevens Holly trees?

Nellie Stevens Holly trees do well in various well drained soil types and prefer full sun for optimal growth, but can do well in partial shade.

Are Nellie Stevens Holly trees good for privacy screens?

Yes, they make for great privacy screens and offer a splash of color with their seasonal red berries and small white flowers.

Are Nellie Stevens Holly trees deer resistant?

Deer do not prefer the sharp pointed leaves of the holly trees. Except if there is no other foliage/food for them to eat, such as during a long drought or hard winter, they will nibble on them.

How far from a fence should holly trees be planted?

Plant holly trees at least 3-4 feet away from a fence to facilitate optimal growth and full foliage.

How fast do Leyland Cypress trees grow?

Typically the Leyland Cypress can grow 2-3 feet or more a year in zones 5-9 here in the US.

Are Leyland Cypress trees good for privacy screening?

We don’t recommend using Leyland Cypress for privacy screening because they easily break under heavy snow, and deer are fond of them. However, with an enclosed yard that deer cannot access in a climate that does not get snow, then the Leyland Cypress would be a privacy screening option.

How big do Leyland Cypress trees grow?

The tallest Leyland Cypress currently on record is a whopping 130ft tall.

Are Leyland Cypress trees deer resistant?

Unfortunately, deer love the soft foliage of the Leyland Cypress. This is why you see some that are thin/dead looking from about 5 ft down. One of the reasons it is not popular for privacy screening, unless they are plant in an enclosed area. Here in the Mi-Atlantic area deer are plentiful, so we do not recommend Leyland Cypress trees to our clients.

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