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Green Giant Arborvitae

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Evergreen, bare-root

Zones:  5-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  50-60' Height and 15-20' Spread

Growth Rate:  Fast - 24" or more per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

Green Giant Arborvitae

Thuja plicata x Thuja standishii

The Green Giant Arborvitae is another one of todays best selling pyramidal arbs. This very fast growing evergreen has rich green foliage which will slightly bronze during winter months. The Green Giant does well in most soil types including clay as long as it is well drained. Exhibits a fair amount of deer resistance, and is wind resistant once established. Largely disease and pest free, it can reach heights of 50-60' in ideal growing conditions. Avoid areas prone to salt spray with this arborvitae.

The Green Giant Arborvitae is a very fast growing arborvitae, growing up to 3' per year with ideal growing conditions!  This selection has been known to grow to over 100' in height but normally reaches 50-60' in height in most situations.  This arborvitae has a deep green color and only bronzes slightly during winter months.  Areas prone to salt spray should be avoided, as this tree is not salt tolerant.

The Green Giant Arborvitae exhibits a degree of deer resistance.  The dense foliage is used for cover by a host of different birds and small mammals.  Seeds and flower buds produced by this arborvitae are eaten by a number of birds.  Try out some of our Green Giant Arborvitae seedlings today!

Common uses for the Green Giant Arborvitae:

  • Privacy screen
  • Evergreen
  • Windbreak
  • Dense foliage provides great cover for many birds

The Green Giant Arborvitae provides cover, shelter, roosting and nesting habitat for numerous birds who take refuge in its thick foliage.  The seeds and flower buds are eaten by numerous birds.

Product Questions

I know that green giant is sensitive to salt. How far from the highway should they be planted to safely keep them from salt spray?
Question by: Travis Schnelle on Oct 10, 2020, 9:13 AM
When planting salt-sensitive plants, plant them at least 60–100 feet from highways. The road spray can travel quite far from passing vehicles.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Oct 12, 2020, 1:35 PM
Should a double row, offset from each other be used for a windbreak/privacy screen...or is a single row sufficient? We often get wind gusts of 60-65mph in this area. Just trying to figure on how many seedlings I will need.

Question by: Andy Snyder on Jan 4, 2021, 1:27 PM
For a windbreak/privacy fence consider planting them in 2 or 3 staggered rows of trees. Not only will the privacy screen fill in faster, but staggered rows will give you privacy from every angle with little or no open spaces. Space the trees every 8 to 10 feet and space the rows the same. In time you will have a living wall that gives you the privacy you want.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 4, 2021, 4:13 PM
How far down should I dig the hole for a seedling?
Question by: Christopher Carr on Mar 19, 2022, 10:58 AM
You will want to dig a hole that is deep enough so the roots are straight. you do not want the roots forming a J in the hole due to it not being deep enough. You may trim up to a 3rd of the root system without harming the plant. The depth of the hole is going to vary based on the length of the roots you are planting.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Mar 21, 2022, 10:44 AM