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Two Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae planted alongside a grey stone way
Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae with deep green foliage planted in a flowering landscape
Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae with dark olive green foliage planted in an evergreen landscape
A closeup of the Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae lime to dark green foliage
Two Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae planted alongside a grey stone way
Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae with deep green foliage planted in a flowering landscape
Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae with dark olive green foliage planted in an evergreen landscape
A closeup of the Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae lime to dark green foliage

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Mature Height: 18-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 4-6' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 4-6' apart



  • Dark green, twisted foliage creates a dense and elegant privacy screen year round
  • The tall but slender stature allows for planting in skinny-sided yards and tight spots 
  • Twisted Brilliance has shorter foliage than other Arborvitae selections, meaning pruning is not needed
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'

Regular price $425.00
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Why the Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae?

Create beautiful privacy! With its dense, dark green foliage and narrow, spire-like shape, Twisted Brilliance Arborvitae is the perfect component in an elegant privacy screen. It will grow much taller than any city-approved fence, yet remain narrow enough to use in skinny side yards without any pruning. A part of our Tapestry line, its soft, wavy, evergreen foliage provides solid coverage year-round, leaving you free to enjoy your backyard or patio in peace, or leave the drapes open without the worry of wandering eyes looking in. Twisted Brilliance also makes a striking stand-alone tree that stops the eye with its verticality and says, “Look at me!”

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!) Twisted Brilliance is a selection of Eastern Arborvitae, the same species that saved Cartier’s men. It was discovered in 1970 at Sheridan Nurseries in Canada and was originally named DeGroot’s Spire, after the worker who found it.

How to use in the landscape?

Twisted Brilliance has shorter foliage than other Arborvitaes that’s slightly twisted, which gives this native conifer a unique look.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant

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 the foliage starts to turn brown, it’s too late! In deer country, protect this tree with a deterrent such as Plantskydd® Pest Repellant, or you may get some unsolicited pruning. The only other pest your Twisted Brilliance 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!

How To Water

Water deeply and regularly during first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, especially during prolonged dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

This svelte tree never needs trimming to maintain its tight, dense form, leaving you with better ways to spend your free time.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


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If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

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