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Excelsa Giant Arborvitae

Thuja plicata ‘Excelsa’

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Excelsa Giant Arborvitae

Thuja plicata ‘Excelsa’

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Winter Color

Botanical Name

Thuja plicata ‘Excelsa’

Outdoor Growing zone


Mature Height


Mature Width


Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Excelsa Arborvitae is a tall evergreen tree with a graceful pyramidal form and branches right to the ground. It can be planted as a specimen tree on a lawn, in a row as a screen, clipped or unclipped, or used to develop a fast-growing hedge to any height. Its foliage is a rich, dark green that holds its color well through winter, when most other varieties of this tree turn yellow-green. Untrimmed it develops a strong central trunk, with almost horizontal side branches with upturned tips and drooping smaller branches.

  • Excellent tall specimen evergreen tree
  • Equally good as a clipped hedge
  • Holds its dark green color all year round
  • grows well in all mild zones
  • Fast growing and resistant to deer

Grow the Excelsa Arborvitae in full sun, in any fairly rich soil that is not very dry or permanently wet. Although moderately drought resistant once established, a regular supply of water will give the best results, and this tree grows best in areas with good rainfall throughout the year, or irrigation. Clip from late spring to early fall, as needed, for hedges and formal specimens. Maintain a single leading stem for trees left to grow naturally as specimens. Pests and diseases are rare, and deer normally leave it alone.