Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’)

Degroot's Spire Arborvitae

  • Interesting Form
  • Slender Columnar Evergreen
  • Soft Foliage
  • Native Selection
  • Screening for Tight Spaces
  • Incredible Specimen Tree
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet Soils
  • Easy Care

When planning a privacy screen in a tight space, such as a side yard, there isn’t much better than Degroot’s Spire (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’) Arborvitae. With some evergreens, you can expect a uniform canvas, but not with this striking accent plant.

This columnar form of American Arborvitae delivers unexpected, rich texture with layered stacks of green spires. This slender variety keeps your eye moving to add a lot of visual impact in a small space.

When “ho-hum” won’t do, choose a different path. This is an improved, narrow Arborvitae that works extremely hard in your landscape.

Use it where you don’t have much room but still want to delineate your space beautifully. This selection won’t grow out of bounds in your landscape.

Native to North America, the “White Cedar” is a valuable, hardy alternative to Italian Cypress. Use it even in areas that stay a bit wet on occasion.

You can shear the rich, green foliage as needed, but you might want to give its twisting natural look a try. It just gets better with age. In time, you’ll grow to really love this special tree.

The feathery foliage is nice, lush and soft when it’s grown in full sun. You’ll love the way it turns bronze in winter, contrasting beautifully with the snow.

How to Use Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae in the Landscape

Degroot’s can be used in very creative applications. Create a “landscape professional” look, all for the cost of a few trees and grasses.

Use as a marvelous single specimen at the corner of your house. Or, use it as a focal point in a mulched planting bed with other plants, including smaller evergreen shrubs.

If you have the room, create a special collection of columnar evergreen trees. Nature Hills has plenty of options to choose from. Repeat the use of each variety several times.

Choose to create a solid screen by planting 2 ½ feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Or, expand the spacing out so you see each tree as an individual. Both ways look amazing, and you can certainly use both techniques in a mixed planting.

Consider installing a large piece of special garden art, fountain or bench near the center of your planting.

Achieve a formal look with a symmetrical design arranged around a centered focal point. Or, add modern, informal charm with an offset planting pattern.

You’ll definitely appreciate the effortless contrast of flowing Ornamental Grasses set against your Degroot’s, so be sure to take a look at our offerings there.

These skinny trees are very versatile. Use a pair flanking either side of your front entryway. Define your property line with tight and narrow screening, and add as a wonderful backdrop for shrub borders.

This architectural plant makes such a wonderful statement in the landscape. Enjoy it! You can’t go wrong with this selection.

Tips for Care

Grow these trees in full sun or partially shaded conditions. They’ll need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Moist, well-drained soil gives your tree the best growing conditions. Add a thick layer of mulch over the root system to keep it cool and moist.

Give it an even amount of moderate moisture on a regular basis. If you experience dry conditions, apply supplemental water and allow it to penetrate deeply to the extended root zone.

This slow-growing, interesting selection of Eastern Arborvitae stays narrow and requires little of your time. How nice to use a care-free native tree!

Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’) Details

Common name Degroot's Spire Arborvitae
Botanical name Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 18 - 20 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Moist
Pollinator-friendly No
Leaf color Evergreen