The Green Giant is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a privacy screen, hedge, windbreak, or single specimen. The Thuja Arborvitae, also known as the ” Green Giant “, is a dense, pyramidal, hardy dark evergreen tree. This variety is faster growing than the other species of arborvitae. The foliage can be sheared and kept at a desired height and width, which makes them great for any size privacy screening you desire. The Green Giant Arborvitae grows best in full sun. They make an excellent Living Fence and a tough tree in strong wind and icy conditions.
Their dense root structure enables them to withstand intense wind storms. When planted in full sun, every 5′ apart, a dense privacy screen can be achieved within three to four years. In the late fall, Green Giants will take on a bronze color for winter. They can reach a height in excess of 35 feet, perfect for screening tall buildings. Additionally, the Green Giant Arborvitae is deer resistant and seldom bothered by insect pests.
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Green Giant Arborvitae Details and Origin
The Green Giant Arborvitae will best achieve a full, beautiful “Living Fence” TM if grown in a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun a day. It is a sun loving evergreen but, will survive in partial shade. However, within three years, it will start to thin out and not provide you the privacy you desire. The Green Giant is tolerant of a wide variety of soils, but prefers moist, well-drained soil. They are wind resistant once established and withstand heavy ice or snow loads. When planted 5′-6′ apart, Green Giants provide a fast growing evergreen privacy screen, within Zones 5-7.
In 1967, a single plant reputed to be Thuja (standishii x plicata) was received from D.T. Poulsen, Kvistgaard, Denmark, and planted at the U.S. National Arboretum. This plant exhibited exceptional landscape quality and propagations were distributed. During the distribution process, the name and identity of this clone became confused with that of another arborvitae from the same source, T. occidentalis ‘Giganteoides’. Thus, the identity of the exceptional clone as the T. (standishii x plicata) hybrid was resolved by Susan Martin, USNA, Kim Trip, New York Botanic Garden, and Robert Marquard, Holden Arboretum, through extensive records search, nursery inspections, and isozyme analysis. The name Thuja ‘Green Giant’ was selected to identify and promote this clone. T. standishi and T. plicata has been named as the cultivar Thuja ‘Green Giant’.