Arborvitae Trees for Sale Online
As a type of evergreen tree, Arborvitaes are versatile enough to be planted as a standalone specimen or in masses that create excellent privacy screens, sound barriers, or windbreak. They are very easy to grow and quickly produce a thick green wall of foliage that will give complete year-long privacy. Choose between planting them in a single row for privacy or in staggered rows which is a perfect way to buffer unwanted noises, such as traffic or industrial noises.
Noted for their rich green color and dense upright growth habit, they create a very attractive backdrop to flowering shrubs or other brightly colored plants. Our collection of Arborvitae trees for sale are grown from the highest quality stock plants, so you can have confidence knowing that your plant is healthy, vibrant, and set up for success. Shop our selection below!
Benefits of Buying Arborvitae Trees
Who doesn’t love a tree that can basically take care of itself? When people buy Arborvitae trees, their low maintenance nature is among the top reasons for doing so. Once the tree has been established in your landscape, it doesn’t require much upkeep to keep it thriving. It is tolerant of many different climates, can withstand harsh temperatures, and is forgiving if it hasn’t been watered regularly.
Natural Privacy Screen
Perhaps you may need to buffer your view from a utility box or would like to create a space of solitude to unwind after a hard day of work. Since these trees are evergreens, you can have a natural barrier that protects your yard from neighbors, busy streets, and more all year long. The best part? They are a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional fences that require regular maintenance.
Excellent Sound Buffers
Not only do they create beautiful and functional privacy screens, but they also serve as effective sound buffers. Sometimes you need to screen out noise from a busy street or highway or would like to keep sound from disrupting your neighbors as you entertain guests into the early hours of the night. Arborvitaes have been proven to be the best trees for use as a hedge or screen throughout the United States.
Reduce Utility Bill
If the other two benefits haven’t sold you, this one might! Arborvitaes also act as windbreaks, which are a great way to reduce winter heating bills. A single row or even a double row of trees across the windward side of your property can reduce your overall utility bill. They do a far better job of this than wooden fences and require far less maintenance and upkeep. They are very effective noise barriers and slow down the wind extremely well due to their natural density.
How to Buy the Right Arborvitae Trees for Your Yard
Arborvitaes are an easier plant because they are versatile specimens that can tolerate different climates. Regardless of that, the first thing you need to do is identify what grow zone you live in. From there, we have a couple more items to consider as you prepare to buy an Arborvitae tree for your yard:
How much space is there?
These trees are highly versatile and do really well with regular pruning - it’s up to you as the gardener for what you want to create and achieve with your tree! Keep in mind that Arborvitae trees can grow as tall as 60 feet and as wide as 20 feet at maturity (and if left unpruned). If that’s the look you want, make sure to choose an area in your landscape that can support this kind of growth and expansion.
However, if you have a smaller space, fear not! As mentioned above, these trees do well with trimming and can also be grown in pots to be used as decorative focal points in your landscape or home decor.
What shape do you prefer?
Arborvitae trees have a strong central trunk and a narrow upright habit, meaning that all species have the ability to grow tall and stand strong. These trees are highly versatile, and while they may grow in similar cone-like patterns, they do vary in the shapes they create. If you’re looking for one that grows narrow versus wide, the American Pillar or DeGroot’s Spire may be better suited for your taste. They are excellent accents next to pathways and entryways. For one that is smaller and can work as a hedge or shrub, check out the Forever Goldy. The yellow coloring adds a nice and unique touch, creating an additional dimension against a dark green backdrop. This Arborvitae does exceptionally well with pruning, so you can shape it to the size and structure you want.
How to Care For Your Arborvitae Trees
Planting guidelines will depend on what you plan to use the Arborvitae trees for - as a lone specimen, for creating privacy, or to use as a buffer. These plants grow best in well-draining soil and in areas that can receive partial to full sunlight, sometimes even partial shade depending on the species (check your grow zone specifications here). Since these trees tend to be more low maintenance, you do have flexibility on what time of the year to plant it in your garden or yard. We prefer to plant Arborvitaes in early spring once the ground has thawed from winter, but depending on the area and if the soil is manageable, you can have the option to plant a new Arborvitae in the tree in late fall, early winter.
As with most trees, we recommend digging a hole no deeper than the root ball (use the container the tree was delivered in as a guide for how deep to dig the planting well). This kind of plant does well when it has space to spread and grow, so we recommend digging the planting well 2-3 times as wide as the root ball. Here are some things to consider based on the purpose this tree will serve in your yard:
- If your vision is to have it serve as a focal point or an accent tree in your garden, we recommend choosing a spot that it will have enough space to spread out. Arborvitae trees can grow up to 40-60 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide if left unpruned, so make sure to choose a spot where it won’t encroach on neighboring properties where the property owner may cut back the tree unevenly.
- For a privacy hedge, dig a hole for each tree using the same guidelines as mentioned above, and plant 3 to 4 feet apart for faster privacy. As fast-growing trees, they will quickly fill in creating much-needed solitude and peace from the outside world.
- For a larger screen or buffer planting, we recommend planting the trees 4 to 6 feet apart in a single row. For a more dense noise barrier, plant the Arborvitaes in a double row 8 to 10 feet apart, staggered, with the rows around 4 feet apart.
Water your Arborvitae trees two to three times per week for the first month or so after planting. After the first month after planting, water once a week for another month or two. Once the trees are established, water is only needed during periods of dry rain-free weather. When in doubt, check the soil yourself to gauge moisture levels.
When watering during dry weather, be sure to water deeply. The deeper the water soaks in, the longer the soil will stay moist. Soaker hoses are good ways to water long Arborvitae hedges.
For good strong growth during the establishment period, we recommend applying a slow-release fertilizer, such as Espoma Holly-Tone. This kind of slow-release fertilizer provides additional acid to the soil which is what helps the Arborvitae thrive. Fertilizing in this manner should be done in the Early Spring as soon as the ground thaws or mid-summer if need be. If your soil is acidic enough, adding nutrient-rich organic matter or compost will help support new growth and keep the tree vibrant and healthy.p
For more information on how to grow Arborvitae Trees, follow the steps laid out in our planting guide: How to Plant Arborvitae Trees.
What are the Types of Arborvitae Trees for Sale at Garden Goods Direct?
Thuja Nigra Arborvitae
This sturdy plant is a long-standing favorite for its ability to grow just about anywhere. It’s forgiving, low maintenance, and creates a strong root system that can help protect your property from harsh winds. Its dense and vibrant foliage also makes for an excellent privacy tree or buffer to block out unwanted noises.
American Pillar Arborvitae
If you live in the mountains or countryside, this is the tree for you - it’s deer resistant! The American Pillar Arborvitae is a tree that can fit anywhere and complement any landscape. It grows tall and narrow, responds well to regular trimming, grows quickly, and creates a beautiful screen of vibrant green foliage. It’s both visually appealing and functional.
Emerald Green Arborvitae
The Emerald Green Arborvitae makes a fast-growing privacy screen that grows best in full sun. It will thrive in heat and humidity and is often used as a screen creating solitude in your yard as it borders your property. It also holds its color throughout the winter and tolerates drought when established. The vibrant green foliage provides a handsome year-round, and its narrow form makes this evergreen an excellent choice to plant in a row as a formal screen anywhere in North America.
Thuja Green Giant
This tall evergreen plant is perfect for privacy screening. It provides fast-growing shade from the low evening sun, and color throughout a bleak when everything else in the landscape is brown and dreary. No wonder Thuja Green Giant won the distinguished Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant Award in 1998.
DeGroot's Spire Arborvitae
Creating a beautiful tall narrow form, it’s the perfect option to plant between buildings creating a grand appearance. Rich green foliage takes on a purple cast in winter. The twisted texture on pyramidal form tolerates shearing nicely for a more tailored column than other arborvitaes. DeGroot's Spire's are very cold hardy and reliable, and grows very well in containers for creating privacy on a balcony or patio.
This “ever golden” compact privacy tree grows quickly into a stunning display of golden-yellow foliage. It will not shed or turn brown in the heat like some other golden Arborvitaes. Both heat and drought-tolerant. Excellent for planting in a container on the patio, or at the back of a border for a burst of color all year.
Buy Arborvitae Trees Online from the Gardening Experts
Arborvitae trees are a wonderful addition to any garden, and Garden Goods Direct can provide quality specimens from a trusted and convenient source. They are among the fastest-growing privacy trees available and are an excellent disease and pest-free choice for a low maintenance benefit. Their attractive green color is a perfect backdrop to any garden and they will bring permanence to your property for many years!
As America’s number one online plant nursery, we can help you with anything you need to get the right trees for your garden. We offer an easy online ordering solution and expert advice on tree care. You'll know you’re getting quality every time you shop with us. Shop our selection of Arborvitae for sale today!