Thuja x ‘Green Giant’ Green Giant Arborvitae InstantHedge 10 linear feet

Green Giant Arborvitae is an extremely fast-growing evergreen tree that is very popular for growing into hedges.

Midwest and East Coast orders: 30 linear feet minimum (qty 3)
West Coast orders: 20 linear feet minimum order (qty 2)
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Green Giant Arborvitae is an extremely fast-growing evergreen tree that is very popular for growing into
hedges.  It is a hybrid that has great vigor and tolerance to heat and humidity, making it a great choice for
growing in the South. It has almost no disease issues and has some deer resistance as well.


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Which size is right for you?

Tree Pot: Starts at $8.99 per plant, healthy roots,
lowest starting cost, ~5 year wait

InstantHedge™: Starts at $499.99 per unit,
3-4’ or 5-6’ height, need 2 people to install, no wait

About Green Giant Arborvitae 

Green Giant Arborvitae is a hybrid between Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) and Japanese Cedar (Thuja
standishii). It was bred and selected in Denmark, then a sample was sent with some other selections to the
National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Its fast growth and large size quickly set it apart from the rest, but
some poor record-keeping obscured its true hybrid identity for several more decades until the technology existed
to determine its parentage. Green Giant demonstrates the concept of “hybrid vigor”, where the
offspring surpasses both parents in size and growth. Like other Arborvitae, Green Giant is evergreen with
feathery foliage in a pretty green color that provides year-round interest and privacy. The main thing that sets
Green Giant apart from other types of Arborvitae is its fast growth rate. While most Thuja varieties can grow
anywhere from 6”-2’ per year, Green Giant has been known to put on 3-4’ of new growth in a
year! It also responds well to shearing, making it a great choice for a large privacy hedge. Without any
pruning, Green Giant can reach towering heights of 50’ tall or more. With pruning, it would be easy to
maintain a Green Giant hedge at anywhere from 10-20’ tall. Another wonderful feature of Green Giant is its
tolerance of heat and humidity. Most types of Arborvitae do not thrive in the Southeastern US, but Green Giant
is a great option. As long as it has plenty of water, it can withstand very warm summers. Thanks to its Western
Red Cedar parentage, Green Giant also has some deer resistance. Very hungry deer may eat it, but generally they
will avoid it. Green Giant has almost no disease issues and is extremely easy to grow. With yearly pruning, you
can quickly have a thick, tall privacy hedge for optimum screening.


Top Qualities of Green Giant

  • 1. Fast Growth Rate
  • 2. Large Mature Size
  • 3. Evergreen with Nice Color
  • 4. Easy to Grow
  • 5. Tolerant of Heat and Humidity 

Additional information


InstantHedge 10 linear feet–4-5' tall

Latin Name

Thuja plicata x standishii ‘Green Giant’

Common Name

Green Giant Arborvitae

Sun Exposure

Sun to Partial Shade

Annual Growth


HxW@10 Years

30’x12’ – UNPRUNED





Growth Rate


Hardiness Zones


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