Which Arborvitae Hedge is Right for Me?

3 different arborvitae hedges side by side

Compare stats for the three most common arborvitae varieties for hedges to see if Full Speed A Hedge ‘American Pillar’ is the right choice for your landscape.

Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' 'Green Giant' Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd')
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' Thuja occidentalis Thin Man
'Green Giant' Thuja x Green Giant
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') Syringa Miss Canada
Botanical Name
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' Thuja occidentalis
'Green Giant' Thuja standishii x T. plicata
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') Thuja occidentalis
Where Developed
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' Woodstock, Georgia
'Green Giant' U.S. National Arboretum by way of Denmark
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') Denmark
Native to
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' Eastern North America
'Green Giant' Hybrid of Japanese and Western North American Species
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') Eastern North America
Height
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' 15 - 20'
'Green Giant' 50 - 60'
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') 12 - 14'
Width
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' 3 - 5'
'Green Giant' 15 - 20'
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') 3 - 4'
Growth Rate
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' Fast
'Green Giant' Fast
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') Medium
Color
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' Green in Summer and Winter
'Green Giant' Green in Summer and Bronze in Winter
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') Green in Summer, Some Yellow in Winter in Cold Areas
Hardiness/Heat Tolerance
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' USDA Zone 3 / USDA Zone 7
'Green Giant' USDA Zone 5 / USDA Zone 8
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') USDA Zone 3 / USDA Zone 7
Number of Plants Needed for a Hedge
Full Speed a Hedge 'American Pillar' 8
'Green Giant' 4 - 5
Emerald Green (aka 'Emerald' or 'Smaragd') 8 - 9