Green Rocket Hybrid Cedar®

(Thuja Plicata x Standishii)
Zones: 5-8 (click for map)
Green Rocket® at 2 years old from 30 inch transplants
Green Rocket® at 2 years old from 30 inch transplants

A fast-growing evergreen for year round screens and windbreaks, the Green Rocket Hybrid® (Thuja Plicata x Standishii) can grow 3 ft. or more per year. In fact, on the east coast there have been several instances of 5 ft. of growth in a single season on established plants.

Green Rocket Hybrid®, one of many of our fast growing screening trees, has a tall, upright pyramidal rocket shape; 6-10 ft. wide at 25 ft. tall. Other great attributes include:

  • Foliage remains year round - no leaves to clean up
  • Center leader stem with horizontal branches shed ice and snow loads well
  • Pleasant cedar like aroma
  • Well anchored trees with strong root systems
  • Tolerates drought and most soil conditions once established
  • Grows in full sun to part shade
  • Deep lustrous green foliage, with bronzing in winter in open areas
  • Soft foliage (similar to an arborvitae) is not prickly like some pines and spruce trees
  • Can be trimmed to shorter hedge
  • White Tail deer resistant - very little browsing in most areas
  • Transplants well in spring, summer, and fall (early fall in protected areas only)
  • Costs less than a privacy fence
  • Enhances property values while screening unsightly areas
  • Available in 4-inch Rapid Start pots (no transplant shock) shipped to your door

Green Rocket Hybrid® planting instructions:

  1. Till or Disc strip of soil 4 ft. wide.
  2. If possible, incorporate peat moss if you have heavy clay soils.
  3. Plant at 4-6 ft. spacing for solid screen in just a couple years.
  4. Use fertilizer tablets or time release fertilizer, at least a few inches away - none in direct contact with roots.
  5. Do not plant in wet swampy soils or dense shade.
  6. Protect plants the first winter where they are subject to extreme wind conditions in wide open areas.  This may be done by using plastic snow fence and burlap, etc.
  7. Mulch a minimum of 3 ft. circle around each plant and protect from herbicides.
Three year old Green Rocket planting as a screen from 16-24" mini pot
Three year old Green Rocket planting as a screen from 16-24" mini pot
Green Rocket® at 4 years old from 30 inch transplants
Green Rocket® at 4 years old from 30 inch transplants