The extremely fast-growing Thuja Green Giant arborvitae is a beautiful tree that is the top choice of homeowners and landscapers for growing attractive privacy hedges. Turn to this tree and you won’t need to install an expensive wood or chain link fence! Whether you’re creating a privacy barrier or creating the perfect focal point in your front yard, evergreen hedges make an elegant statement. Thuja Green Giant hedge plants are very versatile, and they can serve many purposes. Thujas are ideal for creating a naturally bright green hedge around the house, and they are ideal for serving as partitions and barriers for privacy.
The Thuja Green Giant grows throughout the year and its foliage maintains its rich green color through every season. It is tolerant of light, shade, moderate drought, and even heat, making it very popular in the Southern U.S. It is also typically impervious to pests and infections, except bagworm. Due to the Thuja Green Giant’s trademark resilience and adaptability, it is well-known as the “Tree of Life.” The Thuja Green Giant is a hybrid of the Asian Japanese arborvitae (Thuja standishii) and the western American redcedar (Thuja plicata). The Thuja Green Giant grows faster than both parents, at an astonishing rate of 4 to 5 feet yearly, and is also more resilient to certain conditions. The Green Giant can grow as high as 60 feet with its tree trunk being 15 to 30 feet wide at full maturity.
A hedge is a wall of a bush, shrub, or trees commonly used as a fence, boundary, or decorative feature in a place. The steps to planting this dense and handsome tree are relatively basic, and it will delight you with its expanding presence in your landscape as the years go by. To plant your Thuja Green Giant hedge:
The Thuja Green Giant can grow in a variety of soil from sandy to clay but won’t do well in soggy soil or sitting in water. Avoid planting in low areas where water may collect. You can help the tree preserve moisture by placing a 3 to 6-inch-thick layer of mulch around it. The mulch will also keep weeds away and regulate soil temperature. Leave the area just around the trunk free of mulch.
The Green Giant Thuja hedge or tree is capable of thriving in full or part sun, but they grow better under full sun. The Green Giant needs about 6 hours of full sunlight to grow well. Thuja Green Giants are recommended between USDA growing zones 6 to 9. Thuja Giants don’t require fertilizer, but it does help their growth to fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring, and later again in the summer if your soil doesn’t have a lot of nutrients in it.
Thuja Green Giant is decently resistant to drought, but your Thuja Green Giant must receive water daily in the first few months before it is established, so it does not dry out. Once established, the Green Giant will be fine with watering twice a month during the summer, and twice a month during colder months.
What does a Thuja Green Giant Hedge Look Like?
Without any pruning and if you don’t trim Thuja Green Giant with a hedge trimmer, it will grow into an elegant pyramidal tree, with dense and evergreen foliage from top to bottom. A Thuja Green Giant Hedge is like a lush green wall made of trees, and they serve as partitions and barriers for privacy and protection from the weather. It’s also nice to have your Thuja Green Giant Hedge mixed with other plants like the Carolina Sapphire Cypress or Nellie Stevens Hollies for some contrast in color or texture. After the first year of growth, the Green Giant can be pruned, shaped, or trimmed with shears or a hedge trimmer to whatever shape you desire. Pruning Thuja Green Giant can be done with a ladder.
If you’re wondering about the spacing for Thuja Green Giant Hedge, to make a nice hedge, plant your trees 5 to 6 feet apart. To prevent staggering Thuja Green Giants, another option is planting them in two rows with the Thuja Green Giant row spacing being 4 feet apart, while the individual trees in each row 8 feet apart from each other. Spacing helps your Thuja Green Giant privacy hedge grow faster. The rows should be at least 6 to 8 feet away from any road, driveway, or building.
If you’ve been looking for low maintenance, fast-growing solution, providing the ultimate handsome privacy barrier, look no further than the highly popular Thuja Green Giant arborvitae. It is an elegant evergreen tree that will beautify an outdoor landscape, tolerate adverse weather conditions, and make your home yard an oasis of privacy and beauty.