The Q&A Archives: Brandon Arborvitae

Question: I live in Chicago, and am looking at ordering 30 Brandon arvborvitae's from one of your dealers here.

My landscaper that will be planting them has raised a concern about the different growing zone in Oregon vs. Chicago, and how they will hold up through the first winter here in Chicago. In particular, given the fact that the warranty will expire end in November '07 - we plan on getting them in the ground in April '07.

Is this a legitimate concern? The last thing I want to do is have to replace half of them in spring of 2008 due to winter kill in their first winter here.

I would like to get your honest opinion/feedback regarding this concern.

Best Regards,

Jeffrey Ward

Answer: Brandon Thuja occidentalis 'Brandon' has an upright form; 12-15' tall x 6-8' wide; green foliage; narrow upright with finely textured foliage; and resistant to winter burn. It's hardy to zone 3. As long as the plants have an opportunity to establish their root systems before the first hard freeze, they should be fine in Chicago. Plant them in early spring in well-draining soil and be sure to water deeply once each week. By winter they should be well established and ready to endure your winter weather.

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