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Little Giant Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Little Giant'

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Little Giant Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Little Giant') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Little Giant Cedar

Little Giant Cedar

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

A compact globe-shaped evergreen shrub; light green color; slow growing; very trimable; ideal for home landscape use; popular as a foundation shrub; hardy and adaptable; best with adequate sun; protect from drying winds.

Ornamental Features

Little Giant Cedar has forest green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain forest green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Giant Cedar is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Giant Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Little Giant Cedar will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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Ornamental Features