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Old 08-11-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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Does anyone know if it would be okay to plant arborvitae trees at this time? Also, do you know how durable and/or resilient it is. In addition, could anyone tell me if there is a much better tree to plant around the perimeter of my yard in lieu of a fence? I need something fast growing, tough and can stand up to the elements; in addition, it must provide privacy.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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I would wait one more month no matter what you choose to plant. I prefer cryptomeria over arborvitae. They are from the cedar family and a little bit fluffy looking.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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I know very little about plants and trees but it seems like I am seeing lots of leland cyress trees, used for privacy. A client of mine told me that the reason is that they grow 2 feet per year.

Vicki
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Now is NOT the time to plant trees... frankly you could not pick a worse time with it being so hot. Wait until end of September/early October.

Green Giants (arborvitae) will do well. So will Leyland Cypress these guys will grow faster and taller. But personally agree with other poster that Cryptomeria have the best look. They don't grow quite so tall but way tall enough and much wider and thicker and have a nice soft bushy look. We have a mix of these in our back yard and the Cryptos look amazing
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:16 AM
 
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We planted 2 "yellow ribbon" Arborvitaes over a year ago and I don't think they've really grown more than a foot in that time. They are attractive trees though. . . .not as big as the green giant, but the new growth is tinted yellow so it gives the look of yellow ribbons through the tree.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:14 AM
 
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I've landscaped my two yards since moving to NC 5 years ago. I've found the time of year not to be an issue BUT you must be willing to give those trees VERY consistent weekly water. I think consistent watering has been part of the health of my trees/plants and not necessarily the time I have planted them. I try to plant only in the fall since I really am not a fan of outside watering during the summer months for recent plantings...and digging those huge holes is so much more enjoyable when it is cooler .
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:44 AM
 
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I planted two green arborvitae's in spring but they died in the extreme heat while we were out of town. They require consistent watering every 2-3 days. Also, once they start becoming brown they don't turn back to green on watering. I would wait till Fall starts to do any more planting.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:04 AM
 
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Guys,

I really thank you for your feedbacks.. You can not imagine how much I appreciate your input. I was looking into the Cryptomeria online to see what it looked like and realize that there are different species of this tree and am now wondering which one is best to get and whether or not it is more resilient that the Arborvitae. In addition, is it a much faster growing plant than the Arborvitae? It would seem to accomplish exactly what I am looking for, which is privacy.

cryptomeria - Google Product Search

I will need a whole lot of this plant, so I will have to see if it is available out at Broadwell's Nursery on Old Stage Road in Angier.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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I know very little about plants and trees but it seems like I am seeing lots of leland cyress trees, used for privacy. A client of mine told me that the reason is that they grow 2 feet per year.

Vicki
NC State's Extension office does not recommend Leland Cypress in this area. They recommend the Gaint Aborvitae instead. The Lelands get bag worms really badly (which can kill the tree) and in wind storms the split and topple over easier.

The Aborvitae are suppose to grow 2 feet in a year. But mine have not. I think it's too shady where I planted them.

JA- check out the NCSU Ag Extention Website for planting info or you can call the AG Extension office in Durham. Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:13 AM
 
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I know very little about plants and trees but it seems like I am seeing lots of leland cyress trees, used for privacy. A client of mine told me that the reason is that they grow 2 feet per year.
When I moved here my real estate agent called them "hate bushes" - used to screen out those neighbors you don't like.
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