Thuja plicata 'Excelsa', or Excelsa Arborvitae, are similar to Green Giant Arborvitae and are also part of the Western Arborvitae family. Excelsa Arborvitae are extremely cold-hardy and show excellent deer-resistance, both of which make them an excellent choice as screening plantings on Long Island. Excelsa Arborvitae are moderately fast-growers and can be planted and pruned as a hedge. They have a more upright shape than the Green Giant's pyramidal shape.
Note from owner: “I can safely say that Excelsa Arborvitae are more deer resistant than Green Giant. I have both planted at my house and the deer literally walk past the Excelsa to go munch on the Green Giants. The Excelsa keep a beautiful form and are my preferred choice after seeing the results this past winter. They were never touched by deer, yet my Green Giants were browsed significantly.”
|Latin Name:||Thuja plicata 'Excelsa'|
|Plant Type:||Conifer, Tree|
|Exposure:||Full to Part Sun|
|Mature Height:||30-35 Feet|
|Mature Width:||6-9 Feet|
|Recommended Spacing:||5 ft apart|
|Growth Rate:||18-30" per year|
|Hardiness Zone:||Zone 5-8|
|Water Needs:||Everyday initially. Once established, regular watering still needed for best performance|
|Pruning Time:||Late Fall, Early Spring|
|Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Windbreak|
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