Little Giant Arborvitae

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Compact Evergreen Ball Little Giant Arborvitae

  • Excellent Accent Shrub
  • Naturally Round Shape Without Pruning
  • Rich, Green Foliage
  • Holds Color Well in Winter
  • Perfect for Containers
  • Slow Growing, Wont Outgrow its Space
  • Matches Any Garden Style
  • Extremely Versatile
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet Areas
  • Tolerates Salt

Polish up your landscape with an easy-care, fine-textured, evergreen. Little Giant Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Little Giant') grows into a perfect, round ball without pruning or trimming.

This is an easy choice if you want to add a formal flair without working hard. It will grow slowly - but surely - into a tidy green accent.

Little Giant's foliage is rich, deep green and develops in flat, fan-shaped sprays of lacy needles. The foliage develops in all directions to maintain the overall round form.

The color remains a consistent dark green all year-long. No winter bronzing with this selection! Youll be surprised by the rugged nature of this cute, little plant. Little Giant takes the cold, grows in areas that get wet periodically, and even tolerates salt.

Try it as a replacement for Boxwood and Hollies. This versatile plant can be used in many garden applications, including hedges, massed planting, containers and as an accent or specimen.

Everyone wants these kind of charming green balls, and with this variety, you wont have to trim or shape it. It is one of only a handful of landscape plants that grow in a naturally spherical shape.

That means that Little Giant will really stand out against all the cones and columns you're used to seeing in evergreens throughout the year. This small shrub makes a gigantic visual impact in your landscape.

Get your weekends back! Imagine enjoying a tidy row of perfect, little green balls with no pruning. Order several Little Giant Arborvitae from Nature Hills today.

How to Use Little Giant Arborvitae in the Landscape

Little Giant Arborvitae make excellent low evergreen hedges that help to define your garden beds throughout your landscape. Think of it as adding a beautiful ribbon and lavish bow around a high-end present.

Create a neat and uniform evergreen hedge by planting 2 feet on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Youll want to tuck these green spheres into your foundation planting. Line your walkway, face your larger shrubs, or place one on either side to flank your entrance.

Little Gem looks wonderful all year-long. Go ahead and feel house-proud with the help of these easy little evergreen balls.

Try them in a series of exterior containers to amp up the impact. Go ultra-modern with a tall, streamline column for a compelling contrast, or stay traditional with low, square boxes. Or, use them as a Thriller in a larger container and add flowering Fillers and Spillers.

They work with any garden style. Use containers between your garage door bays, on either side of an entrance or gate; or on your patio, deck or porch for a very sophisticated look.

A single Little Giant also makes an interesting specimen plant. Youll have the room, no matter how tiny your lot might be.

Have a low-lying area in your landscape that periodically gets damp, but doesnt stay wet for too long? Create a fabulous massed planting with zigzagging rows of Little Giant placed 2 feet apart on center. Mulch between the shrubs and keep new mass plantings weeded until the canopies grow together.

Repeat them along the length of your perennial border to add much-needed structure. Allow them to grow into the full height and spread listed on the Plant Highlights.

In a hurry to see results? Size up to our largest available container. Buying larger, older plants gives you a big head start, and youll be so pleased by the quality.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Little Giant does the best in full sun. However, it will generally appreciate some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates.

Although this is a tough selection, its a good idea to protect your investment when you can. Try to provide a sheltered spot, away from the worst of the winter winds, if possible.

Little Giant Arborvitae can be grown in many different types of soils, including damp ones. It is not particular to soil pH.

Give it a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Add a thick layer of mulch to maintain good, even moisture and keep the root system nice and cool in the heat of summer. Mulch also keeps the plants clean and the landscape looking sharp.

It remains evergreen year-round, but you may notice that some of the older interior foliage will shed each fall. This is a normal renewal cycle. Overall, the plants will always be green and vibrant.

Apply evergreen fertilizer in early spring according to the directions. Every other year, add a top-dressing of compost to improve your soil quality over time.

Youll adore these fluffy, globe-shaped evergreen shrubs. Order your Little Giant Arborvitae from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

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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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
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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Little Giant Arborvitae Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Thuja occidentalis 'Little Giant'
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Evergreen
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No