Emerald Green Arborvitae Trees privacy screen or barrier wall a young emerald green arborvitae tree close up of Emerald Green Arborvitae Privacy Tree Leaf Emerald Green Arborvitae tree used to create privacy for a patio
Emerald Green Arborvitae Trees privacy screen or barrier wall a young emerald green arborvitae tree close up of Emerald Green Arborvitae Privacy Tree Leaf Emerald Green Arborvitae tree used to create privacy for a patio

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Emerald Green Arborvitae Trees

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is a top choice when it comes to establishing a lush evergreen privacy screen or landscape buffer. True to its name, Emerald Green Arborvitae tree's vibrant green foliage is soft and velvety to the touch and holds its color exceptionally well throughout winter. This cold hardy and durable evergreen tree prefers partial to full sun, slightly moist soil, and requires minimal care.

Growzone: 3-7

As Low As: $19.95

1. Choose Size & Quantity
Size Price Quantity
1 Gallon Pot (1 to 2 Feet Tall) $19.95
3 Gallon Pot (2 to 3 Feet Tall) $48.95
5 Gallon Pot (3 to 4 Feet Tall) $79.95
5 Gallon Pot (4 to 5 Feet Tall) $125.95
Buy 10 Plants (1 to 2 Feet Tall) $164.50
2. Choose Recommended Add-Ons
Product Price Quantity
Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Plus
4 LB Bag
$16.95
Treegator Jr. Slow Release Watering Bag
Original Jr.
$25.95
Tree Staking kit by DeWitt
(1) Kit
$16.95
Soil Soaker Hose
50 Feet Long
$36.95

California Residents: This product can not be shipped to California at this time due to shipping restrictions.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smargard' or 'Emerald Green') are fast-growing evergreen trees that are perfect for use as privacy trees, screening trees, buffer trees and also windbreak hedge plants. This is the most widely used privacy screening tree in the United States and North America due to its narrow pyramidal growth habit, fast growth rate, and year-round interest. Use this evergreen tree near patios or decks to create a private oasis.

Emerald Green is one of the shorter arborvitae trees, usually reaching 10 to 12 feet tall in height. It's ideal for use as a hedge, screen, specimen tree, topiary, or even container planting. Also known as Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd', it is pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant once established.

Arborvitae trees are known for their ease of care. These evergreens tolerate a variety of soil conditions, including heavy clay soils. Planting in a well-drained soil is ideal. They have a fibrous root system so there is no need to worry when planting them near foundations or sidewalks. Emerald Green Arborvitae love full sun and can tolerate both heat and humidity well. They can grow in partial shade or even dappled shade but will develop a slightly more open habit.

For information on planting Arborvitaes or other Privacy Trees in your area, read our Blog: "How to Plant Privacy Trees".

For instructions on how to plant a privacy screen, read our blog "Planting the Perfect Privacy Screen".

Emerald Green Arborvitae Plant GuideHow to Plant Emerald Green Arborvitae Privacy Screen

Growing Zone: 3-7
Mature Height: 14 to 16 feet
Mature Width: 4 to 5 feet
Sunlight: Full sun
Foliage Color: Glossy bright green
Growth Form: Dense upright and conical
Soil Conditions: Grow best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Will not tolerate extremely dry conditions.
Water Requirements: Well drained soil
This Plants Growzone: 3-7 Emerald Green Arborvitae Trees Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Emerald Green Arborvitae Trees

Once you buy an Emerald Green Arborvitae, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How to plant Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

How to plant Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and center the tree within the hole. It should only be as deep as the original pot and planting it too deep could cause rotting of the stem and death to the plant. You should still be able to see the top of the root before filling in with soil and mulching. Consider the mature size of your trees shrubs before determining spacing so that you can accommodate for their full grown size. Typically, a double staggered row planted 6 feet apart is best when you want to plant a buffer or privacy screen. For quick privacy, plant 3 to 4 feet apart. Emerald Green Arborvitae survives best in growing zone 3 to 7.

How do I fertilize Emerald Green Arborvitae?

How do I fertilize Emerald Green Arborvitae?

After planting, we recommend applying a slow-release fertilizer, such as Espoma Holly-Tone. Slow-release fertilizer also provides additional acid to the soil, which allows Arborvitae to thrive. If your soil is already acidic enough, adding nutrient-rich organic matter or compost will help support new growth and keep the plant healthy.

How to water Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

How to water Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost, give the Arborvitae Emerald Green a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one-gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three-gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day thereafter. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.

How to mulch Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

How to mulch Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Emerald Green Thuja with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch, depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they break down. Mulching helps keep weeds away which compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It is better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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