General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 30 to 60 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Persistent 1/2 inch oblong green cones, maturing to brown.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 1998 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award
Parentage: Thuja standishii x Thuja plicata
Child plants: 2 child plants

Common names
  • Arborvitae

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Photo by Hamwild
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2014-09-12
Living wall of 15, thirteen year old trees.
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2007-12-25
a row of mature trees
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 9/18/2011
A hedge of young Thuja 'Green Giant'
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
Photo by dave
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 12, 2017 6:56 PM concerning plant:
    The 'Green Giant' Western Arborvitae is commonly planted in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest of the US. It gets larger than the cultivars of the Eastern or American Arborvitae, not the mother species, and its advantage over the eastern species is that deer don't like to eat the very waxy scaly foliage, while deer love to eat the lower parts around the eastern species.
  • Posted by Trish (Grapevine, TX - Zone 8a) on May 24, 2022 12:55 PM concerning plant:
    This fast-growing variety is a cross between Japanese cedar (T. standishii) and western red cedar (T. plicata).

    With a conical shape and dense green foliage that holds its color well in winter, 'Green Giant' closely resembles western red cedar. However, it grows an amazing 3 to 5 feet a year, especially in warm climates (zones 7 through 9), allowing gardeners to buy and plant small plants and achieve a tall hedge in less time. It eventually can grow to 30 to 50 feet tall if not pruned. 'Green Giant' prefers full sun but will grow in part shade. It requires minimal maintenance, tolerates poor soil, has no major pest problems, and is low on deer's most desired list.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jun 21, 2015 11:19 PM concerning plant:
    Introduced by the United States National Arboretum.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 21, 2011 4:47 AM concerning plant:
    A large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen with a natural conical shape. Dense, rich, thick foliage bronzes slightly in the winter. Accepts a wide range of soils but prefers moist, well-drained conditions. Wind resistant once established and can handle heavy ice and snow loads. May grow up to 3 ft. a year under ideal conditions. Can be pruned.
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