Thuja Green Giant trees are easy to grow evergreens used mainly for privacy screening. Extremely popular for their fast growth rate and hardy nature, these attractive arborvitae have quickly beat out Leyland Cypress as the number one choice for living fences.
Thuja Green Giant Privacy Screen Features
With potential growth rates of 3 to 5 feet per year and disease resistance the Green Giant Arborvitae is an excellent choice for a privacy screen. It is also low maintenance and drought tolerant once established. This is an easy to grow tree even for the novice gardener. This fast growing evergreen tree is considered the best tree for privacy from neighbors.
The Beauty of the Thuja Green Giant
The emerald green foliage of the Green Giant Thuja cascades down its branches into a feathery point. The fragrant foliage is soft to the touch making it perfect for families with children and pets. This Thuja has natural flowing branches while still maintaining a classic pyramidal shape. Growing to 60 feet tall and 15 feet wide the Thuja Green Giant is a substantial tree.
How to Create A Thuja Green Giant Privacy Screen
Green Giant Arborvitae Spacing
For almost instant privacy diagonally stagger your trees 6-8 feet apart. For a traditional straight hedgerow, plant your Thuja Green Giants 5-6 feet apart.
Thuja Green Giant Care
Thuja Green Giants grow best in full sun but can tolerate some shade. They are adaptable to just about any soil as long as there isn’t standing water. I would recommend amending a heavy clay soil with some planting mix to improve soil quality and drainage.
Thuja trees need to be watered heavily at the time of planting. Be sure not to let your new trees dry out within the first few months before they are established. While Green Giants are drought tolerant once established, watering deeply once a week or so during periods of drought will improve the growth rate and even the health of your trees. Adding 1 to 2 inches of mulch will help hold in moisture, protect the roots, and keep weeds at bay.
Thujas love to eat! For the best growth rate fertilize once or twice a year with a balanced slow release fertilizer.
Thuja Green Giants do not require pruning. They easily maintain their natural pyramidal habit throughout their lives. If a certain shape or height is desired however pruning is tolerated well by this evergreen. Pruning the top of your thuja may slow upward growth, but increase outward growth.
Plant Thuja Green Giants in growing zones 5 to 9 for best results.