Monday, November 03, 2008

Our Best Arborvita

Author: Bill Hirst

Our farm, Highland Hill Farm, is located in solid clay. We therefore like plants that grow well in clay. An arborvita, the Green Giant is our favorite. Here is why.

The hardiness zone for the Green Giant Arborvita is from zones 5 to 8. Its evergreen with rapid growth rates that in ideal conditions can be up to 3 feet per year. Site requirements for the green giant is sun to partial shade, moist well drained soil but does well in clay, and needs protection from wind . Its texture is fine with its form conical being narrow to broadly pyramidal, reaching from 50 to 80' in height to 15 to 20 feet in width. The leaf is rich green graceful foliage. It keeps its foliage color in the winter. The Green Giants flowers/fruit are .5"" erect female cones. The Green Giant has strong wood, casts dense shade, and has cinnamon red bark when young. This arborvita does not tolerate salt spray. This arborvita should outlive even your children.

About the author: Bill has been growing the green giant arborvita for many years on his Doylestown Pa farm. His web sites are and


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