Hedges, screens and wind-breaks are essential components of almost every garden and selecting the right plant can be a chore. With Thujas the answer is right there – choose this plant. Whatever your soil-type, water conditions, exposure or climate, this plant will satisfy your need for a rapid-growing evergreen screen that is easy to maintain and trouble-free. It will give you the rapid growth needed to gain privacy and shelter in the quickest possible time. It will not blow over or collapse under snow.
These trees will easily grow 3 feet a year when young, provided it receives enough sun, fertilizer and water. As the trees mature they will slow in growth, but by then they will have quickly become the tall screen you wanted and will now need less clipping.
This is a strong, disease-free evergreen that will grow very rapidly to build a wonderful hedge in just a few years. It is drought tolerant and happy in any kind of soil. It is free of any significant pests and resistant to all possible diseases. The few brown tips that may appear during a very cold winter will quickly disappear in spring. If you have deer, Thuja Green Giant is the answer, as this tree is almost never touched by even the hungriest deer. Planted in a double-row around your property they will become so thick that deer will not be able to get through in a few years and eat your more tender plants.
For a shorter hedge, less than 8 feet tall, plant 3 feet apart. For a larger hedge or screen, plant 4 to 6 feet apart in a single row, or for a thicker screen in a double row 8-10 feet apart, staggered, with the rows around 4 feet apart. Dig a trench for the row and space the plants evenly along the trench. Put back most of the soil and firm down well. Add lots of water and when it has drained away put back the rest of the soil. Water your Green Giant every week during the first season, and after that water well once a week during dry spells only.
Single Row Of Green Giants
Double Row Of Green Giants
A true trans-Pacific meeting, the plant is a cross between Japanese Thuja(Thuja standishi)and the Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata), a common tree throughout the Pacific Northwest. It combines the best qualities of both trees to make a powerful hybrid, full of vigor, rapid growth and hardiness that will grow well right across America. Although originally bred in Denmark in the late 1960s, this plant was developed and distributed by the famous National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. It is one of their most outstanding introductions to gardening in America.
Planted as a specimen it will make a magnificent tall column over 30 feet tall or more, and 12 feet across. The foliage will persist right to the ground for many, many years and this tree will be an outstanding sight in your garden at all seasons.
The foliage is soft to touch, not spiny, so working around it is a pleasure and the bright light-green color makes a perfect backdrop to your garden, as well as blocking unsightly views and creating absolute privacy. It will also block noise from highways and slow down wind and snow. If you have an exposed garden a screen of Thuja Green Giant will create a calm oasis and allow the more tender plants in your garden to thrive.
The trees are hardy in Zones 5, 6 and 7, making it a good choice for cooler areas where Leyland Cypress is not so hardy. It will grow happily right across America in between the Deep South, the far-northern states and the west coast.
Green Giants are a special hybrid, so only this exact plant will have the right growth rate and qualities. It must be produced directly from trees of the correct origin. Our trees are grown the correct way, from branch cuttings of these special trees. That way every tree is identical to the original so they will produce a very uniform effect when planted in a row. However these take longer to produce, so avoid cheaper, seedling trees that will only disappoint.
Although Green Giants prefers full-sun, it will be happy with as little as half a day of direct sunshine. It will grow in any kind of soil but in poor soil it is best to use slow-release hedge fertilizer each spring for the first few-years to get the maximum growth you need. It can be trimmed at any time, but early fall is best, and if needed again during early summer to reduce the possibility of stress from clipping during the hottest days. When making a hedge, always keep the top narrower than the bottom, so that the sun can reach right down and keep your tree green and lush right to the ground. If you live in an area with heavy snow it is best to keep the top rounded, rather than square, as this will shed the snow better and reduce to zero the very slight risk of breakage.
We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we have a wide range of sizes to give you the best plant for your purpose. However we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.