Some of the most striking and unforgettable trees around Earth have been conifers, a type of woody, cone-bearing plant more commonly called evergreens. Conifers have been known to grow to over 350 feet and live over 2,000 decades, and while the sheer scope of these towering trees is stunning, other fast-growing conifers are often utilized for more domestic functions, serving as landscaping plants.
The Sequoia sempervirens, also known as the Coast Redwood, the California Redwood or the Giant Redwood, is the tallest tree on earth and grows quite rapidly during the first few years of life. The largest redwood measured nearly 368 feet tall and some of the trees have been shown to survive for 2 millenia. The normal tree in California parks, where the species is very prevalent, is between 500 and 700 years old. In perfect conditions, the trees that have been proven to grow to over 300 feet tall — may sprout between 3 and 10 vertical feet annually as well as the diameters of their trunks may swell by 1 inch in that moment. Although the rate of increase slows drastically after about 100 decades or through less-than-ideal conditions, the rapid initial increase — redwoods may climb to more than 150 feet in half a century — has created the tree a prime target for lumber harvesters.
A much smaller specimen that’s popular as a landscape plant, the Juniperus chinensis, or the Spartan Juniper, is a fast conifer that tops out at about 15 feet. The tree, that is indigenous to Asia, can grow up to 18 inches each year and can rapidly create a screening impact or a row of hedges which will block sound or wind.
The Thuja plicata, or the Giant Arborvitae, is a fast member of the cypress family that’s indigenous to North America. Lso known as a Western Arborvitae, Thuja plicata is most common along the continent’s west coast and in America’s Pacific northwest. Additionally, the tree is referred to as a significant component of Native American culture and also the earliest specimen, situated just to the north of British Columbia, Canada, was over 1,450 years old. The tree has a moderate growth rate and can reach heights of 70 feet.
Thuja Green Giant
A relative of this Giant Arborvitae, the Green Giant is a towering and fast hybrid plant which combines Thuja standishii and Thuja plicata. The consequence of this cross is a rapidly growing landscape tree which may be utilised in several of ways. The tree, first propagated at and marketed by the U.S. National Arboretum in the late 1960s, takes a natural conical shape and is made up of thick scalelike green divisions. The Thuja Green Giant will reach maturity in about 30 decades, at which point it will have grown at an average pace of 1 foot each year. Beyond three years, the tree may continue to grow, sometimes stretching to over 60 feet, with a width of between 12 and 20 feet.