How to Grow a Thuja Green Giant


Thuja Green Giant is the most popular privacy screen tree in the United States, as of 2009. It grows 3 to 5 feet annually, resists insects and disease, and tolerates drought. The hardy species is very easy to grow and low-maintenance. It does not need pruning because it grows in a uniform shape. When grown in a row, the trees become 20 feet tall and 5 feet wide. When grown separately, they are 40 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

Step 1

Choose a planting location that is in full to partial sunlight. Thuja Green Giant can be planted anytime of year, in just about any type of soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice as wide as the tree's root-ball. Make it more shallow than the roots so the tree can sit slightly above ground level.

Step 3

Scrape the sides of the planting hole with the shovel to loosen up the soil. This will allow the roots to penetrate the ground when they grow.

Step 4

Place the tree into the hole. Make sure it sits slightly above the surrounding dirt, because it needs support from underneath to prevent it from settling.

Step 5

Spread the tree's roots out in the hole so that they have room to grow. Ensure that it is sitting in a vertical position.

Step 6

Loosen the displaced soil to remove large clumps, because they will cause air pockets. Shovel the dirt back into the hole.

Step 7

Tamp down the soil to remove air pockets. Pack down the rest of the soil, creating a slight mound.

Step 8

Water the tree once it's planted. Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base to help the soil retain moisture. Leave a ring around the trunk without mulch. This will let the tree grow and breathe.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree
  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • Mulch


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