- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 15 - 20 Feet
- Mature Spread 12 - 18 Inches
- Growing Zones 3 - 8
- Use As A Thriller In Containers
For a space-saving shrub that grows to tree height and stays green all year, you can’t go wrong with Sting Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis). Bred from the native Eastern arborvitae, this thin, tall shrub/tree can stand out as a pencil-thin exclamation point in a landscape or grow as part of a row or border for a year-round privacy or wind screen. This new and versatile evergreen will eventually grow to nearly 20 feet high and about 1.5 feet around.
Arborvitaes are landscape staples because they typically have aromatic, soft evergreen leaves. They also tend to grow more quickly than most evergreens, helping to achieve height or privacy sooner than conifers. They can grow in most soil types and provide winter interest in USDA zone 3 through 8 landscapes.
Sting Arborvitae Care
When planting Sting Arborvitae, be sure to consider its eventual height and how that will look in your yard. But be sure to place it where you can enjoy its towering green foliage even in winter if stuck indoors. Choose a spot with full or part sun (ideally about 4 to 6 hours a day) for best growth. Water regularly to a depth of about an inch, weekly after planting and during the growing season.
Cut back on watering in winter, but look for signs of underwatering or overwatering (yellow or brown foliage, and dropping needles). The plant needs little pruning, just enough in early spring to help it maintain its natural slim shape and to remove dead foliage or branches. Do not lop the top off your shrub. If you get a heavy snow in winter, brush some of the snow off the branches to prevent damage. Other than that, it needs little care and little to no fertilizing.
Sting Arborvitae Spacing
Arborvitaes are perfect plants to create privacy screens and wind breaks in your landscape. Place them at least 1.5 feet apart, and plant them in a zigzag pattern for a more natural effect.
Sting Arborvitae Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8|
|Plant Type: Bushes|
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 15 - 20 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 12 - 18 Inches|
|Spacing: 12 - 18 Inches|
|Flower Color(s): None|
|Bloom Period: Grown For Foliage|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest, Winter Interest|
|Container Role: Thriller|
|Uses: Containers, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Low Maintenance, Native to North America|
|Brand: Proven Winners|
|Common Name: Sting™ Arborvitae|
|Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis 'SMNTOO' USPPAF, Can PBRAF|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.