Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 23 By Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re looking for a large, fast-growing, evergreen plant to define property lines, screen undesirable views or serve as a windbreak, look no further than Green Giant arborvitae (Thuja (standishii x plicata) ‘Green Giant’). This 2007 Georgia Gold Medal winner is fast becoming one of the most popular plants in the nursery and landscape industries.Its popularity is partly because it’s an excellent alternative to Leyland cypress, which has serious disease problems in the Southeast. It’s being widely used to replace Leyland cypress hedges and screens across the Southeast.Green Giant arborvitae is a fast-growing evergreen tree. Its rich green summer foliage darkens only a little during the winter. Mature trees have persistent, oblong cones a half-inch long that emerge green and turn brown.Hardy throughout Georgia and the Southeast, Green Giant tolerates almost any soil condition and withstands adverse weather such as ice storms and wind. It has shown excellent pest resistance, too. Almost nothing bothers it. Even the deer don’t browse it.Think bigAs the name implies, Green Giant is a large plant, growing 50 to 60 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. It’s better suited for parks and large yards than for small lots with one-story homes. Once it’s established, it can grow more than 3 feet per year in good growing conditions. That’s another reason for its popularity.If your landscape is too small for a mass planting of this large-growing plant, consider planting just one in the front of the home as a living Christmas tree. It develops a nice pyramidal shape naturally and requires little pruning. The soft-textured, dense foliage makes it easy to hang Christmas lights, too.It was introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1967. By the end of the century, it had captured lots of attention with its blemish-free foliage and exclamation-point form.The original plant came from Denmark as a hybrid cross between Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and Japanese arborvitae (Thuja standishii).Green Giant is a public-domain tree, so anyone can propagate it, which is easily done with cuttings. That’s another reason so many nurseries are beginning to offer it.For best results, plant Green Giant arborvitae in full sun and a wide range of well-drained soils. It doesn’t like wet, poorly drained soils.Space the trees 15 feet apart in the row for best screening and wind resistance. Fertilize them in late winter and midsummer with granular fertilizer such as 16-4-8.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Imagine entertaining here at 7 Rowsley St, Greenslopes.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMcGrath Bulimba — Balmoral selling agent Ivana Reich has listed the property with a price guide between $1.050 million to $1.150 million. Ms Buffier has made the decision to downsize as the home is too big for her and her son. 7 Rowsley St, Greenslopes.Ms Buffier said the house would suit a family or professional couple who love to have people over. “It’s a house for quintessential Queensland living,” she saidThe two-level home has a swimming pool with a deck, and landscaped gardens. The kitchen area at 7 Rowsley St, Greenslopes.The kitchen, which is her favourite part of the home, is “open and welcoming”.“People love to share food here and I love to entertain,” she said.“It opens onto the deck where I have an outdoor pizza oven and views of the city.” 7 Rowsley St, Greenslopes.When she’s not high up in the sky, Danielle Buffier can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen at 7 Rowsley St, Greenslopes.The Virgin Australia construction and delivery manager has lived in the four-bedroom, two-bathroom Hamptons-inspired home for 11 years, renovating it for the past two.“It’s a complete rebuild, except for the shell,” Ms Buffier said.