Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy them?
Though some garden centers may stock them, the most reliable source at present is to get them via mail order. Look for the links to the online retailers that sell them at the bottom of every page on this site. If you are looking for larger or balled and burlapped plants, contact your favorite garden center to ask if they can source them from a wholesale grower.
How much do they cost?
Price varies according to the size, and each retailer is free to set their own pricing. Please see individual websites for more information.
How much shade can they grow in?
We recommend at least four hours of sun – or filtered light all day – for the best looking plants. While they probably won’t die in more shade, the plant will grow with a sparse, open habit that doesn’t provide the privacy or coverage that Full Speed A Hedge ‘American Pillar’ arborvitae is known for.
What about deer? I heard they love arborvitae.
Yes, it’s true – deer do devour arborvitae, especially Eastern arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis. As a hybrid selection, Full Speed A Hedge ‘American Pillar’ does have better deer resistance than other arborvitae, but if deer are frequent visitors to your yard, plants should be protected with fence, netting, or a repellent, particularly when they are young and in winter and early spring when other food sources are scarce.
How long do they live?
Arborvitae can be extremely long-lived plants. In an average residential setting with good care (water during hot, dry periods, occasional fertilizing), they should live at least 40-50 years.
Can they be topped/trimmed to keep them shorter?
This is possible, though if you wish to attempt it, you’ll find it turns this normally low-maintenance plant into one that needs quite a bit more attention. It is imperative to avoid letting the plant create any wood that’s much thicker than an average pinky finger; cutting into stems much thicker than that will risk leaving unsightly holes in the hedge. Plants will need to be monitored closely and trimmed as needed, not on a particular schedule.
Are they susceptible to bagworms?
Bagworms are the larvae of a moth that create a protective “bag” for themselves as they feed on the plant. Most needle-leafed evergreens are susceptible to this pest, and arborvitae are no exception. Note that bagworms are opportunistic and far more likely to proliferate on plants that are stressed and unhealthy, so the best defense is keeping your plant healthy and growing vigorously. Here’s an article where you can learn more about bagworms.