Arborvitae Excelsa (Thuja Plicata Excelsa)
Arborvitae Excelsa is a western red cedar chosen from a selection of red cedar that had many of the traits people were looking for in a fast growing hedge. As compared to the Green Giant Arborvitae it is very similar in looks and growth rate, bag worm and deer resistant and fast growing. The one trait that makes it different is the mature height of the Excelsa Arborvitae. It only grows to 30’ as compared to almost 50’ for the Green Giant Arborvitae. Excelsa Arborvitae will also take colder temperatures than the Green Giant Arborvitae.
Excelsa Arborvitae will grow in sun or shade, and likes a moist soil. This is one of the better plants introduced in the last few years for screening.