Imagine: “What tall growing plant can we use that won’t require frequent pruning or get bare on the bottom of the trunk?” she asked.
Name: Thuga ‘Green Giant’ aka Green Giant arborvitae
Type of Plant: A large, fast growing evergreen, good for screening in places where an 8 to 12 foot wide plant will fit. This evergreen is hardy in Zones 5-8
Why I love this plant: As many know, I’ve come to hate Leyland Cypress. But my appreciation for the equally fast-growing ‘Green Giant’ remains. This is a large evergreen that isn’t usually bothered by deer. (And yes, I do have Bambi and Company strolling through my property regularly.) It’s an evergreen that tolerates part shade, doesn’t have multiple trunks that can split with heavy snow. And it’s an evergreen that stays full from tip to ground as long as it’s getting at least a half-day sun. It’s the perfect screening plant when you need that screening to go high.
A Word to the Wise: Along with height and fast growth comes width, so before planting Green Giant be sure you can give up 8 to 12 feet to this plant. Don’t put it two feet from your fence, or even from the property line. And use Green Giants sparingly. Unless you live on a very busy road, you might consider planting a group of 3 in the place where you need screening quickly, but place other plants on either side that have different foliage and won’t grow quite so tall. Moderation in all things, yes?
And be prepared for 40 to 60 feet tall. So if you plant this on the southern side of your yard, for example, know that in about 10 years much of that yard will be shaded most of the year. Know that this is a big plant…I don’t want to hear you complain down the road that, “It’s gotten out of control!” Agreed?