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Evergreen Trees (Non-Flowering) – Green Giant Arborvitae

  • Green Giant Arborvitae

Botanical name: Thuja plicata x standishii ‘Green Giant’

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: 30 – 100 ft in height and a 12-15 ft spread

Hardy zone: zones 5-9

Foliage color: green

Growth rate: 1 – 3 ft a year

Pruning instructions: trim dead or overgrown branches in the winter

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: large privacy barrier 

Light needs: at least 4 hours of sun per day 

Special features: natural triangular shape

Watering instructions: water every 1 – 2 days for the first growing season and reduce watering to every other week

Fertilizing instructions : use 5-4-2 in the spring

Best time to plant: spring or fall 

Best type of soil: sandy or loamy 

Companion plants: astilbe, hostas, hydrangeas, rose of sharon, boxwoods

Toxicity level: non-toxic for humans and mildly toxic for pets if ingested 

Invasive species: no

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