- Extremely Fast Growing
- Tall and Narrow Growth Habit
- Cold Hardy and Heat Tolerant
- Deer Resistant
Aptly referred to as “Full Speed A Hedge” you won’t find a faster growing hedge tree than the American Pillar Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘American Pillar’). Its thick yet narrow growing habit makes it perfect for privacy screens on the edge of properties!
The story of this Pillar Arborvitae is also one of a kind. John Houser found an unusual branch mutation on a tree while walking through his nursery and knew he had found something very special. So special, that at 85 years old, he postponed his retirement so he could patent the tree because he knew the properties of the American Pillar Arborvitae could be immensely useful to landscapers and home gardeners alike!
It didn’t take long at all for others to see the potential of American Pillar Arborvitae too! Soon it was one of the most used hedge trees for privacy screens. Due to its ‘Hetz Wintergreen’ bloodline, this specimen was both cold hardy and heat tolerant!
The American Pillar Arborvitae is an evergreen with a beautiful lush green color all year long. Plus, there is no reason to worry about pine cones littering the yard as this specimen doesn’t produce any!
The most remarkable part of this plant is its stunning growth habit. You can expect an American Pillar Arborvitae to grow up to three feet per year for its first couple years. Growing to a height much taller than you or I, it will stay very narrow while maintaining its thickness. All of this helped make it a staple to homeowners looking to hide an unpleasant sight fast!
Creating the perfect growing environment for this Pillar Arborvitae is quite easy as well! It likes well drained but moist soil along with full sun to partial shade. That means it will thrive just about anywhere you need a privacy screen!
There’s no doubt about it, the American Pillar Arborvitae has set the new standard for privacy hedges and screens. If you’re looking to hide an eyesore in your garden, there is no better plant than this one.