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Thuja plicata Spring Grove® (Western Arborvitae)

Spring Grove® Arborvitae, Spring Grove® Western Arborvitae, Thuja plicata 'Grovepli'

Thuja plicata Spring Grove, Western Red Cedar Spring Grove, Western Arborvitae Spring Grove
Thuja plicata Spring Grove, Western Red Cedar Spring Grove, Western Arborvitae Spring Grove
Thuja plicata Spring Grove, Western Red Cedar Spring Grove, Western Arborvitae Spring Grove

Thuja plicata Spring Grove® is a valuable evergreen for creating privacy and windbreaks in the landscape. Its fast-growing nature, hardiness, and dense foliage make it a popular choice for both residential and commercial landscapes.

Thuja plicata Spring Grove®: An In-depth Look

Thuja plicata Spring Grove® is a robust and versatile cultivar of Western Red Cedar, noted for its hardiness and lush foliage. Spring Grove® is characterized by its dense, vibrant green foliage and pyramidal growth habit. It stands out for its fast growth rate and ability to form a solid, living wall quickly.

Native: This cultivar belongs to Thuja plicata, a species native to the western regions of North America, particularly along the Pacific coast.

Plant Type and Habit: It is an evergreen conifer with a naturally pyramidal to conical shape. Spring Grove® is known for its vigorous growth and dense branching.

Size: Spring Grove® can reach up to 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) in height and 12-15 feet (3.6-4.5 meters), making it a sizable choice for landscape features.

Foliage: The foliage is a rich green color, dense and aromatic, which remains lush throughout the year.

Bark: The bark is fibrous, reddish-brown, and furrowed, adding textural interest to the plant.

Uses: Ideal for privacy screens, hedges, windbreaks, or as a standalone specimen. Its fast growth and dense foliage make it excellent for creating quick, natural barriers.

Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 5-8, Spring Grove® is adaptable to a range of environmental conditions and climates.

Wildlife: Provides shelter for birds and small wildlife.

Toxicity: Generally considered non-toxic to humans and animals.

Deer and Rabbit: Exhibits some resistance to browsing by deer and rabbits.

Invasiveness: This cultivar is not considered invasive and typically stays within its planted boundaries.

Benefits: Offers fast growth, privacy, year-round visual interest, and is easy to maintain. Its dense foliage also provides excellent wind protection.

Western Arborvitae Growing Tips

Light: Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Full sun promotes denser foliage and healthier growth.

Soil: Adaptable to a range of soil types but thrives best in moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil.

Water: Regular watering is crucial, especially in dry conditions and for newly planted trees. Established trees have moderate drought tolerance.

Fertilizer: Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for evergreens. Avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to excessive growth and potential damage.

Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune for shaping or size control in late winter or early spring. Avoid heavy pruning into old wood.

Mulch: Provide a generous root zone mulch.

Propagation: Typically propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Pests and Diseases: Watch for bagworms and root rot.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cupressaceae
Genus Thuja
Common names Western Red Cedar, Arborvitae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' - 30'
(6.1m - 9.1m)
Spread 12' - 15'
(3.7m - 4.6m)
Spacing 144" - 180"
(3.7m - 4.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Thuja plicata ‘Zebrina’ (Western Arborvitae)
Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’ (Western Arborvitae)
Thuja orientalis (Oriental Arborvitae)
Thuja orientalis ‘Nana Aurea’ (Oriental Arborvitae)
Thuja occidentalis ‘Tiny Tim’ (American Arborvitae)
Thuja occidentalis ‘Hetz Midget’ (American Arborvitae)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cupressaceae
Genus Thuja
Common names Western Red Cedar, Arborvitae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' - 30'
(6.1m - 9.1m)
Spread 12' - 15'
(3.7m - 4.6m)
Spacing 144" - 180"
(3.7m - 4.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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