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An elegant, formal look in a rugged native tree! When you want clean lines and structure in your landscape without a lot of fuss, Holmstrup Arborvitae is the way to go. This handsome evergreen forms a svelte pillar of rich green foliage and maintains its shape with no pruning at all. You can plant a row of trees to create a lovely living privacy fence or employ a single specimen to add a vertical statement to flower beds and borders. Holmstrup is very similar to the famous Emerald Green Arborvitae, but it is a bit slower-growing than Emerald.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
- Spacing: 2.5-3'
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Arborvitae means “Tree of Life,” referencing a story which goes back to the sixteenth century. In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew were stuck in what is now Quebec for the winter and were starting to die of scurvy (caused by vitamin C deficiency). They were saved only when the local Iroquois people gave them some Arborvitae tea. (We’ll stick to orange juice!) Holmstrup is a selection of Eastern Arborvitae, the same species that saved Cartier’s men. It was introduced in 1951 in Holmstrup, Denmark.
Unlike many other evergreen trees, such as Spruce or Juniper, Holmstrup Arborvitae isn’t prickly, but soft to the touch. It’s fragrant, too! Perhaps its aromatic foliage is why Eastern Arborvitae is also known as “White Cedar”—even though it isn’t a true Cedar Tree.
How to Grow
This dapper, formal evergreen specimen tree is an easygoing addition to your landscape. It grows in almost any kind of soil, in full sun or light shade. Give it a good drink during dry spells. If it starts to turn brown, it’s too late! In deer country, protect this tree with a repellant, or you may get some unsolicited pruning. The only other pest your Holmstrup Arborvitae may encounter is bagworms. Look for little gray cocoons hanging from the branches, pick them off, and crush them under your heel—problem solved!
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