Answer: If you're looking for a large, fast-growing, evergreen plant to define property lines, screen undesirable views or serve as a windbreak, look no further than Green Giant arborvitae (Thuja (standishii x plicata) 'Green Giant').
This 2007 Georgia Gold Medal winner is fast becoming one of the most popular plants in the nursery and landscape industries.
Its popularity is partly because it's an excellent alternative to Leyland cypress, which has serious disease problems in the Southeast. It's being widely used to replace Leyland cypress hedges and screens across the Southeast.
Green Giant arborvitae is a fast-growing evergreen tree. Its rich green summer foliage darkens only a little during the winter. Mature trees have persistent, oblong cones a half-inch long that emerge green and turn brown.
Hardy throughout Georgia and the Southeast, Green Giant tolerates almost any soil condition and withstands adverse weather such as ice storms and wind. It has shown excellent pest resistance, too. Almost nothing bothers it. Even the deer
don't browse it.
As the name implies, Green Giant is a large plant, growing 50 to 60 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. It's better suited for parks and large yards than for small lots with one-story homes.
Once it's established, it can grow more than 3 feet per year in good growing conditions. That's another reason for its popularity.
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