Thuja plicata ‘Emerald Giant’ is recommended to customers desiring a great privacy tree. Emerald Giants are fast-growing, evergreen, cold hardy, wind-resistant, adaptable to almost all soils, and most important attain the optimal size for privacy screening. Emerald Giants are the optimal privacy screening tree for climate zones 5 and warmer.
The Emerald Giant presents like a hybrid between the Thuja occidental ‘Emerald Green’ and the Thuja plicata ‘Green Giant’ using only the best characteristics of the two species.
|Emerald Green||8-12 feet||3-4 feet||Moderate|
|Emerald Giant||18-25 feet||6-8 feet||Fast|
|Giant Green||30-40 feet||12-15 feet||Fast|
The Emerald Giants really work well for privacy screening. They are not too large and still have an outstanding growth rate with thick privacy. Emerald Giants grow to 18’+ tall and 6’-8’ wide with a fast growth rate.
Many customers think they want the tall and lush privacy of the Green Giants but the large footprint makes it prohibitive. Green Giant can get 12-15’ wide and 30-40 tall. They have a fast growth rate but the large size at the base makes them hard to incorporate in most landscapes. Optimal for estate size lots with room to accommodate spread.
A common option is the Emerald Green. They are beautiful as an accent plant but they can look small and not attain the desired heights if using for a privacy screen. Emerald Greens mature at 8-12’ tall and 3-4’ wide with a moderate growth rate.
The plicata species (Emerald Giant and Green Giants) grow much faster than the occidental species. Both of these species are native to North America.