A superb, dense, broadly pyramidal shrub with fine textured, rich green foliage. An ideal hedge or screen as well as a specimen. Evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Steeplechase may be the best hedging evergreen on the market today. Use to block out adjacent multistory buildings or unsightly land uses. Narrow enough to run in gaps between driveways and in sideyards. A superior choice to enclose outdoor living spaces for year around privacy. Well suited to a wind protection screen and may be useful in mitigating traffic noise as sound attenuation barrier. A beautiful alternative to Italian cypress in colder climates were Mediterranean style is desired.
Trees with vivid color stand out boldly against this evergreen backround. Try Saratoga Maidenhair Tree, (Ginkgo biloba 'Saratoga'), Summer Red Maple, (Acer rubrum 'Summer Red'), Purple Fountain Beech, (Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain'), and Black Tulip Magnolia, (Magnolia soulangiana 'JURmag1'). Very nice against Golden Spirit Smoke Tree, (Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot')
A branch sport of Thuja 'Green Giant' discovered at Manor View Farm in 1990. Steeplechase and it's parent 'Green Giant' are believed to be a hybrid of the American western arborvitae and the Japanese species, but not related to the slower eastern American form.
Arborviate is Latin for tree of life, attesting to the evergreen foliage.