• Thuja Green Giant for Sale

    Thuja Green Giant for Sale

    Thuja Green Giant for Sale

    Thuja Green Giant for Sale


Thuja Green Giant

Reg: $31.90
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Ships May 31st, 2016

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-t- Planting Mix
Thuja Green Giant Planting Mix

Helps your Thuja Green Giant get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-9

Growing Zones 5-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-40 ft.

Mature Width:

12-20 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Thuja standishii x plicata

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The Thuja Green Giant quickly gives you a lush, rich privacy screen (3-5 feet per year once established).

- Drought tolerant
- Disease & insect resistant
- Easy to grow & very adaptable

You can block out neighbors while taking very little yard space. Thuja Green Giants grow in a uniform shape and height. You get that classic French Renaissance look without having to prune or shear.

In fact, you don't have to do anything to them. They're drought tolerant and have no significant insect or disease problems.

You'll never have to worry about mixing chemicals or spraying these trees. Not prone to deer or bagworm problems.

This is a tough tree. Resists ice and snow damage. Grows in almost any soil, even sandy loam or heavy clays. Prefers direct sunlight, but also does well in partial shade.

The Thuja Green Giant is the perfect fast growing evergreen for a privacy hedge or wind screen. Plant one every 5-6 feet and they quickly create a dense barrier.

You can easily trim them once a year to your desired height. Left unpruned, Thuja Green Giants planted in rows can reach as high as 30-40 feet.

Your Thuja foliage stays soft & thick all year long.

Beware...not all Thuja Green Giants are the same.

Some nurseries dig Thujas out of the ground and send them bare rooted or "ball & burlap". This can leave up to 90% of the roots behind. The tree can lose up to a year of growth, while struggling to replace it's root system. You also risk losing the tree, since it's less able to absorb vital nutrients and water.

True Thuja Green Giants are hybrids grown from branch cuttings, not seed. They need to grow below the ground before they can grow above the ground. Some nurseries sell freshly rooted cuttings, that can take up to a year to reach the size and root mass of our one gallons.

You can be assured that when you order from Fast Growing Trees, you are getting well rooted Thuja Green Giants, ready for explosive growth.

For quickest privacy, we now have a limited supply of large trees available.

How far apart should I space my Thuja Green Giant trees?

Stagered Planted Thuja


Single Planted Thuja

Customer Reviews

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249 Reviews
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They did the Job!
These trees were definitely fast growing and did the job. Our neighbors don't have to look at the backside of our barn(shed) and we have the privacy for the late night fires in the firepit or quiet gatherings on the deck. Oh...and best of all, these trees are maintenance free!
November 29, 2014
1 year ago
Growth Rate
14 green giants!!!
We ordered 12 2 feet green giants they arrived potted and healthy , potted is the best way to order by mail , we have a 20 foot section of fence needing privacy I prefer evergreens , I had moon glow junipers that did not do well , I am happy to say the birds will have a year round habitat as well as lots of privacy from our neighbors we planted then 4 feet apart mulched them and they look to have taken before the first frost !! We are very happy
October 26, 2014
1 year ago
Growth Rate
The three Thujas that I order came quickly and very nicely boxed.
July 26, 2015
12 months ago
Growth Rate
Almost instant privacy!
We love these trees! They grow fast, tolerate our Mid-Atlantic climate, nicely shaped, and give us the privacy we want.
December 18, 2014
1 year ago
My house sits on two corner lots. My backyard faces the street on two sides and I wanted privacy. My lot slopes to the back so a fence would not do much good because everyone could see over it. I order 36 tuja green giants. They have been in the grown a few months now and are doing well. I put a weed barrier and about an inch of mulch on average in the entire planing area. I planted them approximately 5 feet apart with a 1 foot stagger. So far they are doing great. they have survied very dry weather. I watered them for about a month but since then they have been doing well on their own.
December 31, 2012
We ordered 26 Thuja Green Giant 6-7 feet tall everyone one of them arrived GORGEOUS in perfect condition we are so happy with the purchase and cant wait to see them grow...Thank you Fast Growing Trees Nursery we love or trees...
December 31, 2012
I purchased 12 of the smallest sized Thuja Giant trees to plant as a privacy buffer. I was worried whether they would truly be deer resistant due to the problem we have with deer eating other plants & bushes which were on the deer risistant lists. Fortunately, my Thujas have not been eaten by the deer! They are GREAT with 4 foot growth in less than 1-1/2 years. Im hoping the second year of growth will yield even better results
December 31, 2012
So far, so good
Plant arrived in a timely manner and appeared to be in excellent health. The packaging was adequate and obviously kept it safe. I planted it according to instructions and appears to be growing fine. I am anxious to see if it makes it through the winter! I am extremely pleased with Fast-Growing Trees!
September 23, 2014
1 year ago
Trees are all alive but have barely grown.They were planted 10 month ago.
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Growth Rate
My Thuja trees
Delivery was great and on time as promised. Trees much smaller in person than pictures on site and seem to be growing way slower than promised on site but it's pretty early still...hopefully they will start to shoot up soon! Overall, great experience with Fast Growing Trees
October 22, 2014
1 year ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Thuja Green Giant

Thuja Green Giant Planting Diretions When you're ready to plant your Thuja Green Giant select a sunny area that receives partial shade. Your Thuja will adapt well to your natural soil even is it is sandy or heavy in clay. You will not need to add any fertilizer to your soil.

During the growing season Thuja Green Giants require frequent waterings every few days. If you feel that your soil is dry to the touch about an inch down, then it's time to give your Thuja Green Giant another deep watering. Spreading a three inch layer of mulch around the base of your tree in a two foot diameter around the trunk will help hold the moisture in.

Questions & Answers

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It helped reading all the info on the description to make the best decision on which plants to buy first. I needed hardy tall fast growing scrubs and so this was best choice.
Christine W on Apr 21, 2016
richard t on Apr 20, 2016
It helped reading all the info on the description to make the best decision on which plants to buy first. I needed hardy tall fast growing scrubs and so this was best choice.
Christine W on Apr 21, 2016
wanted privacy
Renee R on Apr 20, 2016
richard t on Apr 20, 2016
Privacy! We have other Thuja Giants and they have done wonderfully! Fast growing and low maintenance.
Phillip S on Apr 19, 2016
Privacy, fast growing, evergreen, hardy for cold weather.
Mark S on Apr 18, 2016
tom c on Apr 18, 2016
We are looking for some privacy in our backyard.
Jennifer S on Apr 17, 2016
We already have a Thuja Green Giant privacy screen and are looking to create a second one. Such a beautiful tree and great screening. Best part - NO MAINTENANCE!
Ginger R on Apr 17, 2016
Year round screen
Rick L on Apr 16, 2016
privacy and indication that is disease resistant.
NEILE Q on Apr 16, 2016
I need a privacy screen and the reviews are good
Diane K on Apr 15, 2016
Need an evergreen
LAUREN K on Apr 15, 2016
looking to replace my evergreens i lost this last winter wind storms . thanks gary
gary m on Apr 15, 2016
Uniform shape and fast growing
David C on Apr 14, 2016
I purchased 10 of these trees about 8 years ago and they are absolutely beautiful, provide privacy, and are just indestructible against weather and animals. I would highly recommend.
Susan V on Apr 14, 2016
privacy screen
Kathy Y on Apr 12, 2016
Excellent price for the trees.
Matthew B on Apr 12, 2016
Fast growing and using them as a boundary
Justin M on Apr 10, 2016
We wanted to fill in some gaps along a tree line quickly and these looked the best for fast growing.
Rachael R on Apr 9, 2016
Fast-growing privacy trees.
Darryl I. on Apr 8, 2016
I am putting up a hedge and I am hoping that these will do a good job for me
Paul C on Apr 3, 2016
Privacy from neighbors, good reviews
Jeremy C on Apr 3, 2016
I want to give this tree a try because I need to block an unsightly view. Their quick growth is exactly what I need. They sound like the perfect solution.
Joanne Q on Apr 3, 2016
We purchased Thuja Green Giant before, they are beautiful and wanted to plant more. Its a wonderful tree!
desaree e on Apr 3, 2016
I need the privacy screen as well as I am hoping it will block some of the North Wind.
Angie A on Apr 3, 2016
Great price for privacy. Much better appearance than a fence.
Travis L on Apr 2, 2016
Shape of tree and resistant to deer and bag worms
Richard C on Apr 2, 2016
To hide a zombie house next door!
Deborah B on Apr 2, 2016
Fast growing, hardy and dense for privacy at property line.
Judie B on Apr 1, 2016
Fast growing privacy
Thomas B on Mar 30, 2016
We chose this for a fast-growing natural privacy fence versus a man-made option. We just planted our first three and they look great, so we are ordering 4 more. Wish us luck!
Paul K on Mar 30, 2016
Martin P on Mar 29, 2016
Love the look and they are a very different varity than the rest of our trees. Wintered well!
Kate M on Mar 29, 2016
I need privacy from a newly built home next to my property.
Tricia L on Mar 29, 2016
self maintenance
Joseph S on Mar 28, 2016
Wanted a little natural privacy from alley behind my house, Also wanted something that stays green during winter.
Ryan P on Mar 28, 2016
Because they are hearty and we need a buffer between our property and the highway
Debbie M on Mar 28, 2016
Going to use for privacy along my fence
Shannon M on Mar 27, 2016
fast growing privacy shrubs
Kate K on Mar 27, 2016
Truly impressed by the knowledge and experience of past customers comments that allowed me to make an informed decision to purchase this amazing tree.
Paul M on Mar 26, 2016
To line my driveway, block out some of the noise and traffic on road
jim b on Mar 25, 2016
good reviews
Timothy W on Mar 25, 2016
We've already got several others planted. Our last leiland cypress (planted by a previous owner of this home) fell over during a rain storm a couple months ago. These three will grow to provide a visual screening barrier in our back yard place of that leiland cypress. Since these trees must be planted on a slope, the leiland cypress' roots just aren't deep enough to stabilize the tree.
Philip P on Mar 24, 2016
We needed a fast growing, affordable priced tree for a 57' privacy hedge along our back fence.
Kevin W on Mar 22, 2016
Fast growing
Michelle C on Mar 22, 2016
Very descriptive. Website was very friendly. I would use this again!
Mark K on Mar 22, 2016
Wendy H on Mar 21, 2016
privacy,fast growing,disease drought resistant,,green yr round vs leyland cypress
tommy o on Mar 20, 2016
for privacy and orderly contrast to other plantings
l j m on Mar 19, 2016
Margaret A on Mar 17, 2016
wanted privacy
Renee R on Apr 20, 2016
Privacy! We have other Thuja Giants and they have done wonderfully! Fast growing and low maintenance.
Phillip S on Apr 19, 2016
What is the life span of these trees?
Cyndi on Feb 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thuja Green Giant has not been in existence but 40 years, and the original tree is still living, so we know it will make it at least 4 decades. We think it will live considerably longer, up to 150 years, since one of its parents, Thuja plicata, is quite long-lived, often living over 200 years, with some specimens actually being over 1,000 years old! As with any tree, the lifespan and its attractiveness are affected by growing conditions such as overcrowding, drought and general growing conditions.
what does this website say this tree can't be grown in texas I'm in Dallas, zone 8, which should be included?
Sol R on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I think the site says that this shrub is not recommended for Texas. I don't know their exact reasons, but I assume they must have gotten some complaints from Texas residents. I live in Austin and purchased two of that Thujas prior to that warning going up. They are both doing great. They've grown fast and are beautiful. The only thing I can think of is the heat. They do require a good amount of water in summer. They wouldn't be the best choice if you have stiff water restrictions. They needed two good soaks per week to get them through summer. Hope that helps. Mike M.
what is the spacing in between each tree to form a solid wall ?
blackie on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We recommend to plant the Thuja green giants 5-6 foot apart to create a nice privacy barrier.
how far should they be from septic system?
Valerie B on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In 10 years, this tree will grow up to 12 feet wide, and the roots grow a bit wider than the branches do. It will slowly keep growing to 20 feet wide. I would allow at least 15 feet from a septic system, just to be safe.
It say that growth is 3-5 ft per year once established. How long wil the tree be in the ground before it is considered "established"?
Sal R on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: After watering my Thuja Giants for the fall months the first year, they were on their own. Been in the ground - doing better and better - for three years,
We want privacy in our backyard because the fence slopes down and the neighbors can see into our backyard. We have about 6 feet between the fence and the in-ground pool. Can we plant these trees about 5 ft apart in this space, or will the roots damage the pool?
Jared S on Mar 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 6 feet is not enough space between your fence and the pool to grow green Giant, for it allows only 3 feet between the trunk and your fence or your pool. This tree will grow up to 12 feet wide in 10 years and gets even wider as it ages, and the roots grow a little wider than the branches do. If you live in zone 7 or south, you might look at Italian cypress, which gets really tall and stays really thin; Sky Pencil Holly stays really thin, but will only grow 8-10 feet tall, if that is enough height for you; and, again if you are in zone 7 or south, you could look at Multiplex Bamboo, which gets 15-20 feet tall. It is a clumping form, not an invasive running form, but its roots can spread, so if your pool walls are thin, I would choose something else.
How many of the green giant fertilizer tablets are included in the price? I am buying 26 trees so I need to know how many tablet quantity I need to buy to equal 26
A shopper on Aug 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: One pack of fertilizer tablets includes 3 tablets, and each tree requires 3 tablets.
How much planting mix do you need for 6 1-2 ft trees?
Gail F on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: One package of planting mix is 2 quarts, and should be mixed in with the soil for the hole of one plant. If you have really rich, humusy soil, 1/2 a package per hole would probably be enough.
are these suitable if grown in pots? The yard is concrete and does not offer ability to plant in ground.
pam g on Aug 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Thuja green giants grow to be a very large evergreen. You would need an extremely large container to keep them growing well. We do have other evergreens that will live much better in containers. Maybe consider the Emerald Green Thuja.
I have an 18 foot green giant that is very thin at the bottom (you can see through it). Will it thicken up when planted in the sun?
Jennifer H on May 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thuja Green Giant definitely grows denser in full sun than in shade, even part shade. However, at 18 feet, it would be easier and cheaper to simply plant a new one in your sunny area, where it can start out right, than to try to move the old one. After all, it's thin bottom is pretty established and it will be hard for the plant to re-grow it, especially with the shock of transplanting at such a large size.
How does it do in shade?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These can thrive in partial shade, however, you might not get the full potential of growth rate per year (3-5ft).
What is the best deer resisitent fast growing trees zone 6?
Barbara B on Nov 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We know if deer are starving they will eat almost anything, However here are a few that are not on their top 10 of their dining favorites. River Birch, Blue Spruce, Dawn Redwood, Norway Spruce, Sugar Maple, Tulip tree, Kousa Dogwood.
do they grow in shade?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: we have ours planted at the edge of our yard - which has a steep slope. They hibernated the first year, and are now starting to grow nicely. It is an area that is mostly shaded, but they do get some sun in the morning.
When is the best time to plant the Thuja Green Giant?
Amanda W on Jul 15, 2015
It depends on the zone you live in. Here is the standard for Thuja Green Giants.
Zone 5 early spring
Zone 6 spring or fall
Zone 7,8,& 9 year round.
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How far from a property line should these be planted?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted them approximately 6 feet from our property line, and this seems to be adequate. They do spread some at the bottom, but not much more than that.
how long does it take this tree to establish ?
william b on Aug 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The two 4-5 foot Thuga's we purchased a year ago seem to have established fairly
quickly as they have grown 2 feet already. The smaller ones' are in a partial shady
area and have not grown much. But they are not in full Sun either. But are doing
well considering their location.
I'm sizing nozzles for a handline sprinkler system. I am planning on irrigating 2 rows of trees spaced as your recomendations. How many gpm (gallons per minute) should I design for?
Mike R on Aug 24, 2015
Here is a guide not knowing what size nozzle your using. This chart gives you some choices, drip irrigation, hoses, and bubble irrigation are the best choices. You want to water the perimeter of the roots not against the tree.
2. How Much Water Does Your System Apply?
Here are some typical output numbers for common plant watering systems. Notice the huge
difference between the drip emitter, bubbler, and watering hose outputs.
Drip Emitter 1/2 – 4 gallons per hour
Bubbler 1/2 – 2 gallons per minute
Hose 2 – 5 gallons per minute
3. How Long and How Often Should I Water?
Refer to the chart to the left and write down the watering needs of all of your plants. If you use drip
emitters, adjust the number and size of emitters on each plant so that your plants get the water they need
in two to six hours. For example, the chart shows that a 10-foot tree needs 59 gallons of water. A good
setup for this tree would be six 4-gallon per hour emitters, running for 2-1/2 hours (6 x 4 x 2.5 = 60 gallons).
What's the largest size green giant you offer for sale?
tony v on Aug 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Typically the largest we carry is 5-6ft.
do they hold up good to heavy snow and wind? how far away to place from chain link fence? about how many for apporox and 70' straight single row solid wall?
anthony p on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Green Giant sheds snow much more efficiently than most upward-branching trees since it has only one leader and the limber quality of the branches tends to dump the snow rather than hold it. It is challenged by heavy, persistent winds, especially when young, as it tends to catch the wind and bend, but it handles moderate wind exposure well, especially when planted closely in a mass. They mature to 12-20 feet wide, so you will need to plant no less than 6-8 feet from your fence. To make a solid wall really quickly, many plant them on 5-foot centers, which means 14 trees for 70 feet. If you go with 6 foot centers, you will only need 11 or 12 trees.
trees doing good seem like turning a little yellow on tip any concern ?
william b on Nov 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Most of the time with evergreen tips are turning yellow, it is a watering issue. Either too much water or not enough. You may need to check or change your watering habits, to see a difference.
are these sent bare-root?
Richard D on Sep 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I received mine in Good Healthy Condition . They All are growing very well . The ones in the Shade not growing that fast . But this is expected . I wish I had known about these Trees before purchasing Pine Trees years ago . But they were Not Bare Root . All were in Pots .
do they smell?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Having just walked outside to smell my young Giant Green Thuja, no smell, rubbed the greenery, no smell. Walked over to my 6 or 7 year old Leland Cypress, no smell, rub the greenery, nice fragrance.
How fast does the Thuja green giant grow? I am getting several different answers. I need a very fast growing evergreen to use as a natural wall at the edge of my yard. If it is not fastest growing, what is? We live in zone 5 - Northern Indiana.
Marianne M on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a very hearty plant. I have six and they grew a foot in the first year. I plant them closer then requested to make a closed hedge. Make sure you account for the size it can grow. I plan on trimming the tops after they hit 10 feet. If you looking for a fast growing tree in your yard. This is it. Good luck!
Should we stake our green giant 12'inch tree over the winter?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No need to from our experience. They've all maintained straight form through ice, wind and snow. However, note that in suburban areas even "deer resistant" plants are vulnerable to voracious winter appetites. Due to our older Thuja Green Giants being gnawed during the past few winters we fenced this past year's replacements and they survived nicely.
Wanting a wall of trees. How far apart?
Flo C on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Plant them 5-6 feet apart for a nice dense privacy hedge.
Ok to plant between maple trees spaced roughly 8-10ft apart?
Dave W on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my evergreens between very large trees, even closer than 8 feet apart...do not see any problems except difficulty in planting them due to root system of other trees.....so far, so good. R
how often should you water the trees after planting?
wThomas on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Newly planted trees require more water than established ones. You need to water as often as 3-4 items a week when newly planted for 2 weeks, depending on rainfall - check the soil with your fingers to be sure that you keep the soil moist, but not wet; wet, boggy soil will kill the roots. If it is wet, don't water until the soil is slightly moist but not dry. The third and fourth weeks, switch to watering every 3 days. After the first month, water once a week unless it is hot and very dry, in which case you will need to water twice a week. After 6 months, you should not have to worry about watering unless there is a prolonged drought.
live in tn just planted 6 of these trees (1 to 2 ft tall) was watching weather and next weekend one night is suppose to get down in the low 30s was wondering if there is anything to worry about them freezing and is there anything I could do they will only be in ground only a week? thanks
william b on Oct 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If it's only an overnight frost, into the 30's, the soil will only freeze down a 1/4" or so. Doesn't seem like it should be a problem, since almost all the roots are lower than that.
If you want to be extra safe, you could put a layer of mulch on the ground around the tree, just pull it back from the trunk in the morning , when it warms up a bit. Trees don't grow well with stuff up against the trunk.
I see other sites listing this plant as growing up to 60 feet. Why does yours say only 20-30?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Under ideal full sun conditions over a long period of time Thuja Green Giant's can grow to 60 feet. Realistically 20 to 30 feet is the average growth in 10 years. Mine under partial to full sun are growing about 2 feet a year. They are really beautiful trees and the bigger they get the more beautiful they get
For what is this tree used for?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I use 3 of these trees to hide an ugly propane tank. The trees are growing fast and are very beautiful. Would recommend them for privacy or hiding anything unsightly. They are a very nice addition to our property.

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