"Virginian"™ Arborvitae won't outgrow smaller spaces.
An exiting new ornamental evergreen plant introduction !
"Virginian"™ Arborvitae is a new and distinct variety of Thuja plicaata x standishii. This sport of the Green Giant arborvitae grows as fast as the Green Giant, just not as tall or wide - about 14.5' height x 6.5' wide after 10 years! "Virginian"™ is a wonderful hedging plant for today's landscapes. It enhances outdoor living spaces as a privacy screen and a windbreak. "Virginian"™ has a full and dense foliage that is soft and feathery to the touch. The tip emerges fully leafed out and does not require pruning. It's upright habit also makes it a great specimen plant or vertical element in the landscape.
The compact size of "Virginian"™ Arborvitae makes it ideal for smaller landscapes which are chronically crowded with Leylands, Green Giants, and larger Cryptomerias that may reach 40-60' height and 15-20' width. We routinely see evergreens that must be removed after outgrowing their space.
Possibly the most important feature of "Virginian"™ is the fact that it is tolerant of the heat and high humidy of the South. It has also proven to be extremely cold-hardy as proven through Northern Ohio's harshest winter in recent memory. It has been observed to have not ice or snow damage after multiple storms.
Another interesting characteristic is it's apparent bagworm resistance. Over the summer of 2014, a "Virginian"™ Arborvitae in a container side-by-side with a Green Giant Arborvitae in a container was observed to have a total of 3 bagworm pupal cases while the Green Giant had 78! These plants were only 6' apart with identical exposure, care, and conditions.
From the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Suffolk, VA to the edge of Lake Erie in Ohio, "Virginian"™ Arborvitae is proving to be a versatile evergreen for today's landscapes.