Popular Mission arborvitae, a dark green evergreen hardy anywhere in the state, makes a dense year-round property screen. You can let it reach 15 feet or prune it lower.
Plant these pretty, pyramidal trees four to six feet apart for a solid hedge in just a few years. “The mission arborvitae (also called techney arborvitae) is the best.
Admired for its ability to stay deep green in winter when many arborvitaes go bronzy brown, this arborvitae is a local favorite, and not only because it has local roots.
Natives of riverbanks and shorelines, arborvitaes don’t like to go dry, and Techny is no exception. It needs regular, deep watering in summer and should be treated to several deep waterings every fall to guard against the drying effects of severe winter winds.
Hall emphasizes that although the plant likes moist soil, it doesn’t appreciate standing in water, a situation often created by clay soil.
Mission arborvitae can take a partially shady spot but have less dense foliage than its preferred setting if grown in full sun. Even so, summer’s heat can be stressful unless the plant is heavily mulched and gets regular watering.
2 Arborvitae For Tight Spaces
A recurrent landscape condition experienced by gardening lovers is a need for evergreen plants for cramped areas in the landscape. Surprisingly few trees or shrubberies fit into this group without requiring considerable maintenance pruning.
Identifying plants that don’t involve periodic sheering, even for those emotional about gardening. Two favorite plants that fit the bill are
Mission Arborvitae ‘DeGroot’s Spire’ and ‘Jantar.’
‘Degroot’s Spire’ was one of the early narrow arborvitaes to market thanks to plantsman Constant DeGroot of Sheridan Nurseries. He chose an exceptionally slender form of T. occidentalis from many seedlings in 1970.
He passed the consecutive year, and Sheridan Nurseries presented it in 1980, calling it ‘DeGroot’s Spire.’ Its medium green vegetation is slightly crooked and turns a black mossy green during cold.
It will reach 15-20 feet tall and mere 3-4 feet broad in 15-20 years.
‘Jantar‘ was initially found in Poland in 2000 as an anomaly on ‘Emerald Green’ Eastern arborvitae and imported into the U.S. in 2012. It is an eye-popping yellow during spring and summer.
Care And Grow Tips
It gets on a warm amber-gold note as cool weather approaches, hence the name ‘Jantar,’ Polish for amber. Occasionally this plant is auctioned under the name ‘Amber Gold.’
Even though arborvitaes will spread with some shade, the yellow color exhibited by ‘Jantar’ is good in full sun. Contrasted to alternative gold arborvitaes, it has more lateral branches making for a denser plant.
Expect it to make 6 to 10 inches tall and 2-3 feet wide in 10 years. This choice will add a unique, glowing vertical element to the landscape in a striking upright manner.
Neither of these plants likes to be cramped, so combining them with low-growing hedges or perennials is best. They are helpful in planters or as part of a privacy screen where the area is limited. Whether the space accessible is narrow, or the landscape only requires some four-season drama, mission arborvitae ‘DeGroot’s Spire’ and ‘Jantar’ will not fail.
Of course, the form of these plants is necessary. The most acceptable pattern is a simple, straight, prominent stem (leader), combined with a tapering tapered shape. The first years of life are critical, and maintenance pruning to ensure a single outstanding leader is crucial.
Check out new plants for co-dominant stems, and make subordinating cuts or eliminate competing leaders generally. More energetic pruning while the plant is young will lead to a better overall structure in maturity.
Fall is an entirely spectacular time to shop and plant one or both of these beauties. Both plants furnish comparable forms but choose emerald green or gold foliage. You can find one or both of these plants at Knoxville and Jackson’s State Botanical Garden locations.
The UT Gardens combines plant collections stationed in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. Appointed as the official botanical garden for Tennessee, the groups are a segment of the UT Institute of Agriculture.
The Gardens’ target is to foster plants’ appreciation, education, and management through garden displays, academic programs, and analysis trials. The Gardens are open for all seasons and accessible to the public.
How To Plant
When identifying an area for arborvitae in the backyard, you should go for maximum sunlight and adequate-drained soil.
Arborvitae likewise requires appropriate-drained soil. If you have soggy soil, they won’t endure. Occasionally digging in organic substances will do the trick, but it may be necessary to introduce drainage plates for severe cases.
Plant arborvitae same as any other tree, a process that has evolved over the years.
1. Dig a hole that’s twice as large as the root ball and just deep enough so that the top remains 1 to 2 inches above the ground.
2. Distance trees 3 to 4 feet apart.
Specific arborvitae cultivars will turn a washed-out brown in the cold, yet the most universal ‘Emerald Green’ doesn’t have that tendency.
On those occasions, all the vegetation will brown up. On the other hand, drought stress will come sporadically on individual trees and may not appear in every tree in the hedge.
Arborvitae is a robust plant and has remarkably few pest issues. The exemption is mites, but even those are highly unusual. A grayish tone to the foliage signals there are mites on your tree.
What’s more frequent is deer munching on them. The deer feed from the ground 4 to 5 feet high, and some individuals don’t care for it.
It revolves around what you’re prepared to accept. You can try repellents, but there’s no objective evidence that they work, and they call for to be reapplied regularly.
The option is a barbed wire – either around your full garden or around the hedge.
If you get snowstorms in winter, it’s an excellent suggestion to join up the top of your arborvitaes, or they could break.
Chilling rain is worse than snow, it manages to peel them apart, and once the branches are bent over, they will settle bent over.
If you have arborvitae in deterioration, be sure to figure out why it died before changing it and later take the most significant plant you can get. Hence, it picks up to its neighbors as rapidly as available.