American Pillar Arborvitae

American Pillar Arborvitae

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Available In Spring 2021

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These little guys start out small, but don’t be fooled. They hide ugly views and nosy neighbors faster than you can say green giant!   ​

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    The American Pillar - Thuja Arborvitae
    The New, Narrow and Natural Screen of Choice!


    These little guys start out small, but don’t be fooled. They hide ugly views and nosy neighbors faster than you can say Lick-a-Dee-Split!   


    Destined to be the most useful and interesting tree in your garden, American Pillar is a 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!


    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.


    Full Speed A Hedge™ - ‘American Pillar’ arborvitae is practically a miracle of speed, coverage, and beauty! We know, that’s a big claim. But no other hedge plant can hold a candle to this variety’s rapid growth rate and narrow, space-saving habit. It solves the problem of both waiting forever for an evergreen hedge to fill in AND taking up too much space in your (and your neighbors’) yard once it does.


    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.


  • Google Reviews

    • 4.9 Google Reviews

    Joe Willard

    9 reviews · 1 photo

    2 months ago - 5 Stars

    Trees arrived quickly and packing was 10/10. Trees were very secure and VERY healthy looking. Got them in the ground the next day and so far so good! These look way better than the ones I bought from a local store. Time will tell, of course, but A++++++ for Thuja gardens from me. Roy was very communicative though the process and emailed me multiple times. Great company, will buy again if needed!


    brenda barthel

    6 reviews

    2 months ago - 5 Stars

    Excellent quality and beautiful trees. The trees came so professionally packed and in such a timely manner. Faster than expected. We will definitely be ordering more trees from them. We highly recommend them for all your tree needs. Thanks to thuja garden for being so awesome.!!!!!

    ​Natalia S

    2 reviews

    3 months ago - 5 Stars

    Excellent service... They ship quickly and are packaged impeccably. Highly recommend. We ordered our first set of trees 3 years ago and were so impressed with the whole process and quality we just bought more. Happy returning customers!

    Serena Reeves

    5 reviews

    2 months ago- 5 Stars

    I purchased 16 3-4 trees through Thuja Gardens; 3 days after I placed my order the trees arrived healthy and in perfect condition- exactly as described. Customer service cannot be matched- Roy answered all my questions promptly and after a website glitch was brought to his attention he credited me the extra money I'd spent AND threw in 16 packets of fertilizer at no cost to me. For price, tree quality, customer service, and prompt shipping you cannot beat Thuja Gardens. I will definitely be ordering from them again!

    Shane Wilson

    3 reviews · 2 photos

    3 months ago - 5 Stars

    Our Thuja Green Giant trees arrived quickly and well packaged. They appear strong and healthy. We ordered seventeen of the 3-4 foot sized trees. My husband and a friend of his planted them two days later to get them into the ground quickly. They planted them 4 feet off of our neighbors fence, and spaced the trees 6 feet apart. My husband has been watering them daily and they look great. We can't wait for them to flourish in size in order to serve as a natural privacy hedge to cover our neighbor's fence.

    Todd Mclane

    1 review

    a month ago - 5 Stars

    Roy is very pleasant to work with. The plants arrived in great condition.
    Very please with the service and quality of the products.

  • History

    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’ 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.


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