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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Victor, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,637

    Can anyone recommend an arborvitae species, that's no taller than 10 to 12 feet at maturity (other than degroot arborvitae)? I love the look of Techny's and Emerald Greens, but they get to large for my application. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  2. Mike's Lawn & Snow

    Mike's Lawn & Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    you can always go with the emerald green's and just keep them trimmed back and shaped
  3. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,637

    I didn't know arborvitae would tolerate that. :eek: Well.... That means I'll be able to have my cake and eat it too then. Thanks for the help Mike.

  4. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    If you wanted one that would max at that height - if such a beast existed - it would be very expensive.

    Slow growers cost more.

    And you would probably be limited to small plants to start with.

    Was there a minimum height that you want to start with?
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Can you scrap the Arbs and substitute Skyrockets or Witchita Blues?
  6. sperho

    sperho LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    I'm very interested in this topic as well. I'm in NE Tennessee (if that matters, climate-wise). I'd like a narrow tree that lives a long time, with a single center trunk, and prunable to keep the height from getting into power lines.

    Victor- is your application a screening application? I'm particularly interested in using them as a screen near a border. The narrowness maximizes lawn use and allows planting very near a property line for me.
  7. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    We used an arborvitae commonly named, "Little Giant", once for this reason. It only grows 6 ft in height and grows extremely slow. Trimming the arborvitaes can cause them to be discolored for a while. It won't harm them, but it is extra work.
  8. Surf'n'Turf

    Surf'n'Turf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    We have used a variety commercialy grown named 'George Peabody'....it is a slow grower.

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