A hedge of American Pillar arborvitae in winter Side view of American Pillar arborvitae showing its narrow space saving habit A woman named Mavis in front of a hedge of American Pillar arborvitae
photo of John E. Houser

Meet the Breeder

John E. Houser
Woodstock, GA, USA

‘American Pillar’

Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis

'American Pillar'

USPP 20,209

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A hedge of American Pillar arborvitae in winter Side view of American Pillar arborvitae showing its narrow space saving habit A woman named Mavis in front of a hedge of American Pillar arborvitae
  • Fast growing
  • Hardy
  • Dense branching
Description

'American Pillar' is a sport of 'Hetz Wintergreen' selected for its very rapid growth rate, dense branching structure, and tall, narrow habit. It maintains this useful desirable columnar shape with minimal pruning. It has tremendous potential in both the residential and commercial landscape market, and is an excellent specimen plant.

USDA Zone 3 - 7 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 25 - 30'

Width 3 - 5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Adaptable in terms of pH; best growth is in moderately moist, cool, fertile soils.

Pruning Does not strictly require pruning, though it does tolerate it well. Prune in spring before new growth begins.

Uses Hedges; screening; mixed borders; foundation plantings; specimen.

Growing Tips Tolerates heat and drought once established. Very fast growing - space about 2.5' apart for a dense hedge.