Thuja Wintergreen Description
Looking for the perfect narrow privacy hedge plant or specimen? Look no further than Wintergreen Thuja. Growing 15-25' tall, this fast growing arborvitae is excellent for screening in a size that's in keeping with the scale of a home landscape.
This rapidly growing evergreen shrub can grow over 2 feet per year if given copious amounts of water and fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Thuja Wintergreen is also extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and will thrive in both sandy and heavy clay garden soils! It is not particular to soil type or pH and somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. More shade tolerant that other types although will grow slower in shade.
Thuja Wintergreen keeps its nice dark green color all year and does not take on any winter bronzing often associated with other types of Thujas. This multi-stemmed evergreen tree has a narrow upright and columnar growth habit and very low maintenance
Wintergreen arborvitae also has extremely fragrant foliage that makes wonderful cut branches for Holiday arrangements!
Create multi-seasonal color with thuja Wintergreen as the perfect evergreen backdrop for long-blooming KnockOut roses and ornamental grasses.
Thuja Wintergreen thrives in full sun to part shade and can easily be pruned to any desired height that the garden design might require. A simple shearing once a year, in early spring, is all it takes to keep this colorful, adaptable, and fragrant evergreen shrub in bounds!
Thuja Wintergreen is the ideal sun or shade loving evergreen hedge that will screen you from nosy or unsightly neighbors while adding an elegant vertical accent to your home landscape.
Arborvitaes or Thujas are more drought tolerant than Leyland cypress with denser, more attractive foliage.
Special features: Cold hardy, Cut foliage, Disease resistant, Easy care, Evergreen, Fast growing, Fall color, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Winter interest
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Thuja occidentalis Wintergreen
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15-25' x 5-10'
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Accent, Background, Foundation planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Privacy, Screen, Specimen
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Soil: Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Tolerates somewhat wide range of soils and some dry conditions. Poorly drained and wet sites should be avoided, and it is very salt-sensitive.
Light: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Water: Keep moist, but do not overwater. Appreciates well-drained soil.
Spacing: 3 - 5 ft
Fertilizing: Top dress in spring with a slow release, balanced fertilizer.
Winterizing: Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones. Tolerates wind once established and withstands heavy ice or snow. Darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter. Note -- The oldest, interior branchlets on an arborvitae normally turn brown and fall off in autumn. This aging process is different from drought stress, which on arborvitae appears on the tree outside the interior foliage as an abnormal yellowing or browning, known as flagging. This discoloration may not appear until a season or two after the drought stress was most severe.
Maintenance & pruning: Requires little or no pruning but can be sheared easily if necessary. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any die back.
ReviewsWrite a review2 Years and Growing TallKeith Ayers | Sep 11, 2020I ordered 16 of these trees and they are growing at a variable rate. A few have doubled in size to over 6ft tall, some are at about 4ft. I have only had one die completely that I had to pull out and another looks like it may be dying. Overall I am happy with the plants and can't wait till they are large enough to provide privacy. Make sure you amend your soil before planting and fertilize in the spring and fall.
2 Years in, Still LookingNathan Thompson | Jun 7, 2020I bought about 44 of these plants two years ago and every one has survived and grown at least 2-3ft. Use a root stimulator - it makes a really big difference. If you're planting them for a privacy fence, I recommend using a garden tiller to pull up your sod (in the line that you're planting in) then shovel out the solid chunks of sod and shovel in lots of compost. Finally, retill the whole area to mix the compost into the soil. Each tree can then be planted in about 5 minutes.
My FavoriteKB | Jul 19, 2018I planted 9 of these in late summer 2017. They handled the winter beautifully. They handle the high altitude sun all day. They've been over watered and under watered on occasion and yet they still look healthy and strong. They've doubled in size and they are my favorite of all I've planted so far (only one is lagging behind but it is recovering quickly). I can't wait for them to mature so the scent wafts on the breeze and the shade/privacy prevail!
Beautiful plants.Katie G | Jan 25, 2018Beautiful plants, nobody out there can touch your quality. Healthy plants, well established. A home gardener's dream come true.