Arborvitae Shrubs for Sale Online

Arborvitae Shrubs are often used in many home and business landscapes. These evergreen shrubs require minimal care and typically last a long time. They are densely shaped and have scale-like foliage that appears on sprays of limbs. Not to mention, these shrubs are pleasantly fragranced when touched. Most cultivars of these shrubs have medium to dark green needles, but some yield a golden-yellow color. You see these shrubs planted as border plants, foundation plants, or focal points of intricate areas of a landscape.

Types of Arborvitae Shrubs

Globe-Shaped Arborvitae

  • Danica: Emerald green with a globe shape. Reaches about 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. 
  • Globosa: Medium green, reaches about 4 to 5 feet wide.
  • Golden Globe: Has unique golden foliage and reaches up to 3 to 4 feet wide. 
  • Little Giant: Medium green and is about 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. 
  • Woodwardii: Also, medium green and can reach up to 4 to 6 feet in height and width. 

Pyramidal Arborvitae 

  • Lutea: Also known as George Peabody, this narrow pyramidal form is a golden yellow color. They can reach up to 25 to 30 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide. 
  • Holmstrup: A dark green color, this narrow pyramidal shrub reaches about 6 to 8 feet tall, and 2 to 3 feet wide. 
  • Brandon: Dark green, narrow pyramidal, 12 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. 
  • Sunkist: Golden yellow foliage, pyramidal, 10 to 12 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. 
  • Wareana: Dark green, pyramidal, 8 to 10 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. 

How to Care for Arborvitae Shrubs

Water

We recommend watering your Arborvitae shrub twice a week for the first few months after planting, then once a week for the following year or so. Once your shrub is fully established, you only need to water it about half an inch a week, and this can be either from rainfall or irrigation. If your plant's foliage turns yellow or brown, it most likely because it is receiving too little water. However, if you notice the needles are discolored and signs of root rot, your plant is being overwatered.

Soil

Plant your shrub in moist but well-draining soil conditions. Arborvitae plants love soil that has a neutral to alkaline pH level. Be sure to never all your plant's roots get soggy because this can lead to root rot disease. The best way to avoid root rot is by applying a heavy layer of compost or mulch over the root zone of your shrub to preserve soil moisture- this should be replaced every year.

Light

These shrubs can vary in lighting requirements but typically like similar sunlight circumstances. We recommend that you plant your shrub in full sun or partial shade. Ideally, your plant would do great in full sun in the morning and evening and partial shade during the warm parts of the afternoon. About six hours of sunlight a day is perfect for your Arborvitae to thrive. However, too much direct sunlight can stress your plant and burn its foliage. But, be sure not to plant in the full shade either because this will cause your plant to reduce the density of its foliage.

Fertilizer 

Arborvitae shrubs rarely need any fertilization. However, if new growth is extremely slow or sparse, you can go ahead and apply a balanced fertilizer to help give your plant more nutrients to grow happy and healthy. 

What Kind of Pests do Arborvitae Shrubs Attract?

These shrubs are easygoing and rarely run into trouble with insects or diseases. However, they can sometimes suffer needle and twig blight caused by fungi. This can happen, especially if there is poor air circulation around your plant. The best way to control this fungal disease is to prune off any affected branches and treat them with a fungicide.

As for pests, Bagworms may also feed on the foliage of your shrubs. You can control them by handpicking their egg bags off the foliage and destroying them before they hatch and infest your plant. Spider mites can be a problem, but a quick spray down with water will typically fix that problem.