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American Pillar arborvitaes are the ultimate fast-growing, space-saving thuja trees.
American Pillar arborvitaes are tall, very slender, ultra-adaptable evergreen conifer that grows quickly and looks terrific year-round. An American native with all of the vigor you'd expect, it's just what you're looking for in a landmark, privacy screen, windbreak, or back-of-the-border standout!
We grow the Thujas we sale, this gives us more control over quality and price. Over time we have learned a good way of packing the trees to where they make it to our customers in great shape.
Selected for its super-fast growth and tall, narrow habit, this arborvitae sets the new standard for hedges. This very hardy and heat tolerant North American native maintains a desirable columnar shape without pruning, so you can quickly block ugly views without a lot of work.
American Pillar arborvitae is deer resistant and has exceptional winter hardiness, surviving temperatures down to -40°F, heavy snow loads and high winds. Plant ‘American Pillar’ arborvitaes with their centers 2.5’ apart. With proper care (regular water, fertilizer in spring), you can practically watch them grow, and watch as they create the lush, evergreen privacy you’ve been missing.
The American Pillar has no equal for screening homes or entire subdivisions from the noise of busy streets without spreading wide and eating up valuable space, walkways and driveways. It cost less overall than a wood fence or any other tall plant screening. *Many board fences are in need of replacement or of continued costly maintenance during a ten year period. Consider the beauty of an "American Pillar" screen!
The American Pillar is nearly twice as dense in its branching habit as the ‘Hetz Wintergreen’. It also has a brighter green coloring in the winter. Its increased foliage density makes possible better wind, sight and sound screening with a narrow evergreen hedge.
While this new variety resembles its ‘Hetz Wintergreen’ parent in growth rate and general shape, its foliage is approximately twice as dense as its parent due to closer internode spacing. Its substantially denser foliage greatly enhances its utility as a screening plant.
It is better able than its parent to serve as a windbreak, and as a sight or sound barrier. It surpasses its parent in visual appeal. Its trunk is strictly vertical, and almost always singular, seldom dividing. Its root system is substantial, and well able to sustain the tree against wind damage. Its short lateral side branches make it almost immune to snow and ice.
Another distinguishing characteristic is that it maintains a brighter green color in winter than its parent, probably because its denser foliage protects it from the winter sun and wind.
Its increased foliage density makes it better able to serve as, a windbreak, better able to screen sight and/or sound, and enhances its visual appeal. It is unsurpassed in any landscape requiring screening, especially if space is a consideration, as even a narrow hedge can be an effective screen. It is also useful in landscaping as an exclamation point, or to draw attention to a sign.
American Pillar arborvitae trees will grow in any reasonable soil.
After being established, it can stand as much heat and drought as any arborvitae used as a landscape plant, as it withstood natural conditions in an outdoor nursery without any care. It can survive much more “wet feet” than most plants, as it is native to swamp habitats. (By “wet feet” it is meant that it can survive swampy conditions.) It does best in sun to half shade, but does not do as well in full shade.
‘American Pillar’ resembles its ‘Hetz Wintergreen’ parent in that it grows rapidly to twenty-five feet or more, and it is a very slender tree, seldom exceeding three feet in width at its base, even without shearing. Like its parent, it usually grows only a single trunk, and is very gravity orientated, growing straight up vertically, which assures its resistance to storm damage.