Degroot's Spire Arborvitae

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Sculptural Screen Degroot's Spire Arborvitae

  • Interesting Form
  • Slender Columnar Evergreen
  • Soft Foliage
  • Native Selection
  • Screening for Tight Spaces
  • Incredible Specimen Tree
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet Soils
  • Easy Care

When planning a privacy screen in a tight space, such as a side yard, there isn't much better than Degroot's Spire (Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire') Arborvitae. With some evergreens, you can expect a uniform canvas, but not with this striking accent plant.

This columnar form of American Arborvitae delivers unexpected, rich texture with layered stacks of green spires. This slender variety keeps your eye moving to add a lot of visual impact in a small space.

When "ho-hum" won't do, choose a different path. This is an improved, narrow Arborvitae that works extremely hard in your landscape.

Use it where you don't have much room but still want to delineate your space beautifully. This selection won't grow out of bounds in your landscape.

Native to North America, the "White Cedar" is a valuable, hardy alternative to Italian Cypress. Use it even in areas that stay a bit wet on occasion.

You can shear the rich, green foliage as needed, but you might want to give its twisting natural look a try. It just gets better with age. In time, you'll grow to really love this special tree.

The feathery foliage is nice, lush and soft when it's grown in full sun. You'll love the way it turns bronze in winter, contrasting beautifully with the snow.

Order Degroot's Spire Arborvitae today and get started on your privacy screen or vertical accent.

How to Use Degroot's Spire Arborvitae in the Landscape

Degroot's can be used in very creative applications. Create a "landscape professional" look, all for the cost of a few trees and grasses.

Use as a marvelous single specimen at the corner of your house. Or, use it as a focal point in a mulched planting bed with other plants, including smaller evergreen shrubs.

If you have the room, create a special collection of columnar evergreen trees. Nature Hills has plenty of options to choose from. Repeat the use of each variety several times.

Choose to create a solid screen by planting 2 ½ feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Or, expand the spacing out so you see each tree as an individual. Both ways look amazing, and you can certainly use both techniques in a mixed planting.

Consider installing a large piece of special garden art, fountain or bench near the center of your planting.

Achieve a formal look with a symmetrical design arranged around a centered focal point. Or, add modern, informal charm with an offset planting pattern.

You'll definitely appreciate the effortless contrast of flowing Ornamental Grasses set against your Degroot's, so be sure to take a look at our offerings there.

These skinny trees are very versatile. Use a pair flanking either side of your front entryway. Define your property line with tight and narrow screening, and add as a wonderful backdrop for shrub borders.

This architectural plant makes such a wonderful statement in the landscape. Enjoy it! You can't go wrong with this selection.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Grow these trees in full sun or partially shaded conditions. They'll need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Moist, well-drained soil gives your tree the best growing conditions. Add a thick layer of mulch over the root system to keep it cool and moist.

Give it an even amount of moderate moisture on a regular basis. If you experience dry conditions, apply supplemental water and allow it to penetrate deeply to the extended root zone.

This slow-growing, interesting selection of Eastern Arborvitae stays narrow and requires little of your time. How nice to use a care-free native tree!

Order your Degroot's Spire Arborvitae from Nature Hills. You'll be thrilled with the extremely high quality of our plants.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Degroot's Spire Arborvitae Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'
Mature Height 18 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Moist
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No