Degroot's Spire Arborvitae
Degroot's Spire Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'Item #7281 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
A beautiful, tall, narrow form, perfect to plant between buildings. The rich green foliage takes on a purple cast in winter. Its twisted texture on the pyramidal form tolerates shearing nicely, for a more tailored column. Cold hardy and reliable. Ideal as matched pairs or planted in multiples for an attractive screen. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:THOO-yuh ok-sih-den-TAY-lissPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 9, 15 - 17, 21 - 24, 32 - 45Growth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasA valuable hardy alternative to cypress. Produces a fine columnar form used in rows, pairs or as a single specimen. Perfect for an evergreen privacy screen or rich background for water features and art. Performs well in the wet, low lying areas of your garden or natural swamps and bogs. Place in paired containers as a formal statement to an entry or drive.Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Spirea (Spiraea); Rose (Rosa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
- CareCare InformationThrives in deep, enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soil; dislikes dry conditions. Mulch around root zone and shelter from drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Mulch root zone to conserve moisture. Fertilize and prune to shape in early spring. .Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:These conifers are members of the cypress family which includes many ornamental and timber genera. The common name is Arborvitae or Tree-of-Life due to its evergreen quality in the face of adversity as well as the medicinal properties of its sap, bark and twigs. There are five species native to North America and Eastern Asia with only three of these in cultivation. T. occidentalis is probably the most widely cultivated and is indigenous to a large range in eastern North America, most notably in wet forests and swamps. It was first cultivated in 1534 and the oldest known living specimen is thought to be over 1000 years old. This plant is attractive to deer who like to feast on the soft, winter foliage.