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Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae

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Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’)A pencil-thin spire-like evergreen accent for home landscape use, with a spiraling tendency of growth; a most unique specimen in the hands of inspired gardeners, hardy and adaptable, use as a solitary; best with some sun, protect from drying winds

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
9 feet
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Thuja
Species:
occidentalis
Cultivar:
Degroot's Spire
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Eastern White Cedar
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Degroot's Spire Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its rigidly columnar form. It has rich green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Degroot's Spire Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Degroot's Spire Arborvitae will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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