Green Giant Arborvitae
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Green Giant Arborvitae Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’

Average Shipping Height: 6" - 1'
Item #4911
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  • Potted
    1 gallon container
    Member Price $35.99
    Reg. Price $53.50
  • Bare Root
    6" - 1'
    Member Price $7.99
    Reg. Price $10.99
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The Green Giant Arborvitae grows in zones 5-7.
The green giant arborvitae is a large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen. Its natural pyramidal to conical form boasts dense, rich green foliage that darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter. This is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a screen, hedge or single specimen. It is also resistant to wind once established and can withstand heavy ice or snow, making it a good choice for a natural windbreak.

  • Grows quickly, up to 3' per year
  • Works well as a screen, hedge, or windbreak
  • Is resistant to deer
  • Will be delivered at a height of 6"–1' for bare-root; a height of 1' - 1 1/2' for 1-gallon pot


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Arborvitae provides nesting sites and cover for birds and small animals. The flower buds, seeds and foliage are a food source, although this cultivar has greater resistance to deer browsing than most arborvitae.


In 1967, D.T. Poulsen from Kvistgaard, Denmark, gave the U.S. National Arboretum a single plant—Thuja standishii x plicata. From this plant, the clone named 'Green Giant' was propagated. Green giant arborvitae rapidly became a popular plant and is a good alternative for hemlock in the Northeast and Leland cypress in the Southeast.

Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who assigned the Latin name to this species, picked up on one of the plants more sensory traits. The genus name, Thuja, is from a Greek word for perfume. Squeezing the evergreen leaves releases an aroma that is nothing less than nature's perfume.

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