Thuja / Arborvitae ‘Green Giant’

The story of this plant starts with the problems with the Leland Cypress, the screening tree planted by the millions. My Master Gardener class was even shown a 15-minute PowerPoint called “What’s wrong with my Leland Cypress?” and the answers weren’t encouraging. The replacement that we heard recommended over and over was ‘Green Giant’ Arborvitae — for its evergreen columnar shape, its fast growth, and its resistance to the myriad problems that afflict Lelands.

You know how when a product’s getting lots of attention it makes you wonder if it’s just hype? Well, hype or no, the ones in my garden are totally living up to it.


  • Deer resistant.
  • Best in full sun but tolerates light shade. Mine receive only part-sun and are growing at a nice clip.
  • To 30-50 feet tall and 10-12′ wide, they reportedly grow 3-5 feet per year in the first few years, then slow down.


  • Drought-tolerant, easy-care.

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