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Thuja Green Giant
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  • Thuja Green Giant

     
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    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Mature Height: 40 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full - Partial
    Spacing: 5-6 ft.
    Botanical: Thuja (standishii x plicata) 'Green Giant'
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

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    The Thuja Green Giant is a rare hybrid, designed to be the fastest growing evergreen. It was the hands-down winner in the Tree Category of the coveted 2007 Georgia Gold Medal Award, after receiving stellar reviews from a rigorous three-year evaluation and field testing process.

    Recommended by nursery and landscape professionals, horticulturists, university professors and cooperative extension staff, Thuja Green Giant is an award-winning gem you can plant with confidence in your landscape.

    Evergreen - dense, dark-green foliage that grows to ground level
    Fast-growing - quickly forms a hedge or screen
    Disease- and deer-resistant - just plant it and let it grow!

    Although Thuja Green Giant rises quickly to meet a myriad of landscaping goals, its versatility is also matched by its ease of care. This is a tree that keeps its balanced shape without requiring pruning, and it doesn't need a spray regimen to keep it disease-free. Deer leave it alone, so you won't have to worry about having a ragged tree caused by hungry browsers.

    Appearance
    Evergreen trees vary widely in their form, growth habit, foliage shape and color. Thuja Green Giant is an arborvitae that naturally grows in a pyramidal shape, wider at the base than at the top. Branches are fern-shaped, with flat scale-like leaves, and the soft foliage is richly colored in dark-green. Thuja Green Giant is one of the fastest-growing evergreens. Healthy trees have an exceptional growth rate of three feet (or more) each year.

    The Perfect Privacy Hedge
    Thuja Green Giant is the ultimate plant for a tall privacy hedge. Not only does this tree have a phenomenal growth rate, its foliage grows so thickly that you can't see through the branches. And because the branches grow all the way to the ground without having the open base that other evergreens have, you'll enjoy your yard or garden in complete privacy away from the prying eyes of your neighbors or traffic from a busy street. Plant a single row of trees, or install a double-staggered row as an extra buffer.

    Living Fence
    Municipal codes and HOA by-laws prohibit construction of fencing over a certain height. But if you plant Thuja Green Giant along your property lines, this "living fence" will exceed the restricted height of constructed fencing. A one-time purchase of Thuja Green Giant trees to form a living fence far outlasts the cost of building a wooden privacy fence, which eventually has to be repaired and/or replaced.

    Green Screen
    You may not need a solid privacy hedge or living fence to outline your property boundaries, but you can also use Thuja Green Giant to block the view of an unsightly object in or outside of your yard. You can plant only one tree, or just a few trees, to grow a "green screen" that hides an unattractive home, business or landscape beyond the confines of your yard.

    Windbreak Buffer
    Protection from winter winds minimizes soil erosion and lowers your heating costs. The height and density of the plants you install are key considerations for effective windbreaks. Thuja Green Giant covers both these bases with a height that can reach 60 feet and thick ground-to-top foliage. Plant a row of trees at a 45-degree angle to the prevailing wind direction for optimal protection.

    Specimen Plant
    Some yards are too small to accommodate the large size of multiple Thuja Green Giant trees. An option is to plant a single tree as a specimen plant, placing it slightly off-center to the front of your home. Its geometric shape in the form of a pyramid nicely contrasts with other landscape plants, and it makes a perfect living holiday tree you can feature in winter. If you string holiday lights throughout the tree, you won't be pierced by sharp needles because Thuja Green Giant has soft foliage.

    Wildlife Habitat
    Plant a Thuja Green Giant tree and you'll be installing a wildlife habitat in your yard. Its dense evergreen cover offers nesting sites for birds in spring and summer and protection from the elements in fall and winter. The long-skirted foliage even shields ground-roosting birds. In winter, hang suet feeders from the boughs for the birds and have binoculars handy to watch them as they eat.

    Holiday Greenery
    You'll always have plenty of greenery for handmade holiday decorations when you grow Thuja Green Giant. The fragrant evergreen foliage can be snipped as small sprigs for table decorations or cut as small boughs to make living wreaths, garlands or swags.

    Tolerance
    Drought. After their first year of establishment, Thuja Green Giant evergreen trees are drought-tolerant. Although they prosper in slightly moist soil, healthy root systems can withstand short periods of drought.

    Heat. This durable tree stands up to heat and humidity with no ill effects, and its foliage can handle full sun without being scorched.

    Different soils. Thuja Green Giant is adapted to a wide range of soil types -- sand, loam or clay.

    Resistance
    Many evergreens, including cypress and other arborvitae species, are prone to debilitating fungal diseases, but Thuja Green Giant is resistant to the pathogens that cause these problems. It's also not bothered by any significant insect problems. Even deer pass by this tree without stopping to graze, which is a big plus if you live in a rural area.

    When to Plant
    You can plant Thuja Green Giant trees any time of year. If you plant during the heat of summer, keep trees well-watered to help ease their transition into your landscape. Apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch to conserve moisture and keep the soil temperature cooler so the newly developing root system doesn't become overheated.

    How to Plant
    You'll receive healthy, well-rooted trees from our nursery, but their ongoing health will be directly influenced by your proper planting techniques. With a lifespan typically exceeding 50 years, the small investment of time to plant each Thuja Green Giant is worth a lifetime of enjoyment.

    Where to Plant

    Thuja Green Giant arborvitate trees grow as perennials in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Plant them in full sun (at least 6 hours per day) or in partial shade. If they receive too much shade, they won't grow as quickly or as thickly as when they're planted in full sun. Although they're not fussy about soil type, and they prosper in moist soil, they don't like "wet feet" -- roots that remain in soggy or waterlogged soil. The planting site must drain well. Look around and overhead, considering that these trees attain heights of up to 60 feet with spreads of up to 20 feet. You don't want to plant this tree where its mature size will interfere with overhead power lines, other landscape plants, fences or buildings. If you have underground utility lines, call a locate service to mark the ground above the buried cables before you dig.

    Preparing the Site
    Remove any turfgrass and weeds before planting Thuja Green Giant trees. Clear debris, such as rocks and downed limbs or twigs, and loosen the soil by tilling or spading. It's better to add organic matter to an entire planting area, which encourages new roots to grow outward, instead of amending individual planting holes, which causes roots to stay comfortably within the confines of the hole. If the root system doesn't grow outward to anchor Thuja Green Giant, it can't support the growth rate and mature size of the tree. If the soil is poor or compacted, apply a 2-inch layer of well-aged animal manure or compost over the planting site, and till or spade it in to a depth of 6 inches.

    Planting Hole Depth and Width
    Planting trees too deeply is a common problem with serious consequences. Dig a hole only as deep as the height of the root ball in the container, but at least twice as wide (four to six times wider is preferable). The root ball should be placed in the planting hole so the level of the container soil is on grade with the soil around the hole. If you loosen the soil in the planting hole deeper than this, after you water your tree, the soil beneath it will settle, causing the tree to sink. Backfill the hole with the soil you removed, and very lightly tamp to firm the soil around the roots.

    Mulching
    Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around each tree, pulling it away from the base of the tree several inches from the trunk in all directions. Use pine needles, shredded bark, wood chips or bark nuggets.

    Staking
    Unless you plant Thuja Green Giants on a windy site, or during a particularly windy time of year, you won't have to stake most small trees after planting. But if you do need to stabilize young trees, tie them loosely with a soft and flexible material to single stakes that are driven into the ground outside the root zone of the trees.

    Watering
    Immediately after planting your Thuja Green Giant, water it slowly and thoroughly to allow the soil to settle and to eliminate large air pockets. Continue to water it every few days for the first few weeks if it doesn't rain, thoroughly moistening the root ball. Thereafter, water it deeply to saturate the root ball once a week unless the site receives 1 inch of rain.

    Spacing
    Thuja Green Giant is a large tree at maturity. Resist the urge to space younger (much smaller) trees too closely, because this practice can invite diseases to take hold, even though this is typically a disease-resistant tree. Plant Thuja Green Giant trees 12-15 feet apart. With a mature 20+-foot spread, there will be ample overlap to form a solid privacy hedge.

    Watering
    After their first year of establishment, Thuja Green Giant trees typically receive adequate irrigation from natural rainfall (averaging 1 inch per week). However, during periods of inadequate rainfall, the trees can become drought-stressed. Water them deeply every 7 to 10 days during dry weather.

    Fertilizer
    You won't need to fertilize your Thuja Green Giant when you plant it. Confirm the need for fertilization by having your local Cooperative Extension Office perform a soil test. In the absence of a soil test, wait until the following year after planting, and fertilize each year -- once in late winter (before growth begins in spring) and again in midsummer -- with 16-4-8 fertilizer, following all label recommendations.

    Pruning/Shaping
    One of the primary reasons Thuja Green Giant is a minimal-maintenance tree is because it never has to be pruned. It grows naturally into a pyramidal (conical) form without needing to be shaped. Periodically, you may need to cut out broken or dead branches to keep Thuja Green Giant looking its best. Prune in late winter before its active growing season begins.

    History
    Thuja Green Giant was brought to the United States in 1967 as a single plant from Denmark -- a hybrid produced by crossing Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) and Japanese Arborvitae (Thuja standishii). This hybrid tree was planted at the U.S. National Arboretum, where it was observed to have exceptional landscape merits. Horticulturists propagated it and taxonomists appropriately named this cultivar ‘Green Giant.'

    Trivia
    • As a member of the Cypress plant family (Cupressaceae), Thuja Green Giant shares characteristics with other plant family relatives, such as flattened branches and evergreen, scale-like leaves.

    • Thuja Green Giant's parentage includes an arborvitae tree, which is a plant family relative of a North American native arborvitae. In the 1500s, French explorers took one of these native trees to Paris -- the first North American tree to be introduced in Europe. After a tea from the bark and leaves prevented scurvy on sea voyages, the tree was named "arborvitae," which means "tree of life" in Latin.

    • Clemson Cooperative Extension includes Thuja Green Giant on its list of "Trees of Strength."



    Customer Reviews

     
    Rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 21 reviews

    Charles Shuman  

    September 3, 2017

    Trees were delivered in great condition

    Daniel A Bunnell  

    August 26, 2017

    Love these trees. They grow amazingly fast when planted properly. I start them in grow bags to give them alot of room for roots to develop, before planting in the ground. Works great!

    Tyler Crye  

    July 30, 2017

    Arrived healthy, and ready to plant.

    Michael Aron  

    July 26, 2017

    Excellent looking plants!

    Josh Eck  

    July 16, 2017

    cant wait for these giants to grow

    Lesa  

    June 26, 2017

    Lots of full foliage and very healthy!

    Todd Campbell  

    June 12, 2017

    Exactly as described, and quality Packaging

    MARK PATNAUDE  

    May 13, 2017

    Great service - awesome looking plants !

    Ramon Latallade  

    February 13, 2017

    All in good shape , fast delivery and ready to be planted.

    Paul T  

    August 30, 2016

    Thuja Green Giants(13 of them- the 1-2 footers) arrived looking great! I was kinda worried cuz it's been in the 100s lately here in Sutherlin,Oregon. It took 7 days to get here and they all look very healthy and smell nice.

    Latinlicious  

    August 30, 2016

    Wow! I purchased 3 Green Giant plants in 2011 of May/June. It is going on the second yr of 2013. I watered them and fed them fertilizer and they are about 10-12 Ft now. I want more! I absolutely love them!

    Karyn In Naperville, IL  

    August 30, 2016

    Ordered 24 trees, they looked beautiful out of the box. 4 died, and I took pictures and sent them in. 4 replacement trees were shipped no additional questions asked. Very happy with the trees and the customer service. Great company to do business with!!

    These Trees Are Amazing!  

    August 30, 2016

    These trees are amazing! I have created a fence along two sides of my yard with them. They truly can grow up to a couple of feet per year.. They are wonderful for creating privacy in my neighborhood which is a new development with few mature trees. They are healthy and easy to grow---true giants in many ways! The shape is wonderful too---not a skinny look like so many you see in other types of these tress. These are really elegant and useful. I have read they have a very long life too.

    Jackie In Andrews, SC  

    August 30, 2016

    I have been very pleased with my thuja trees!

    Charles From Green Cove  

    August 30, 2016

    I order four of these trees and they were delivered in prestine form. They arrived right on time! I love these trees and hope to enjoy them for years to come.

    Matthew Roach  

    August 24, 2016

    Everything that was delivered was very healthy and developed.

    Dawn Mann  

    August 2, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful! The trees are so much better than I expected. All twenty healthy trees and package perfectly.

    Greg Brown  

    February 20, 2016

    These trees were delivered in a timely manner. They were all healthy and are out getting bigger for me.Worry free shopping!😄

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