Arborvitae Emerald Green

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'

Growzone: 3-7

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This Plants Growzone: 3-7
Growing Zone: 3-7
Mature Height: 14 to 16 ft.
Mature Width: 4-6 ft.
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

Arborvitae Emerald Green Privacy Trees


Arborvitae Emerald Green is a fast-growing evergreen tree that is perfect for use as a privacy tree screen, buffer screen or windbreak hedge.  Arborvitae thrives in full sun with both heat and humidity.

  • One of the "shorter" growing arborvitaes, usually only reaching 12 to 14 feet.
  • Does better in cooler, dryer areas.
  • An ideal tree for specimen tree or topiary.
  • More of a slow grower, with increases of 12" per year.
  • The foliage does not discolor in the winter.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae Privacy Trees

Emerald Green Arborvitae is unarguably the shrub most commonly used to create an evergreen hedge, around the country. Gardeners who are tired of seeing arborvitae used over and over again for hedges, often ask us for a comparable substitute. There isn’t one.

Emerald Green Arborvitae is the mainstay of evergreen hedges because they’re perfect for creating a “green” fence or boundary. Arborvitae is a dense fast growing evergreen shrub with a long life. They have no serious insect pest problems, as well as no common leaf diseases or blights. They’re tolerant of alkaline soils and don’t have any difficulty enduring our scorching summer or cold winter conditions. Cold hardiness is not an issue.

Most people use the Emerald Green Arborvitae as a privacy barrier to block out noisy neighbors. The Arborvitae Emerald Green only grows 14 to 16' feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, so they're perfect for small landscaping areas. If you want to create a privacy barrier with the Arborvitae Emerald Green we would recommend that you plant 2'-3' feet apart and follow our planting instructions. Thuja occidentalis typically grow 1.5 to 2 feet per year.

Emerald Green Arborvitae trees are a deep and rich green color year-round, which displays how robust they are. Like the Leyland Cypress, their rich green foliage grows in flat sprays and, close up, the needles appear covered in fine green scales. Emerald Green Arborvitae is a perfect evergreen for smaller spaces due to its narrow pyramid shape. Grow these trees as living screens that won’t overpower your entire lawn and garden with their size.

For best results, plant these trees six feet apart to enjoy their pyramid shape or four feet apart for a dense hedge. This selection is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after evergreens because it maintains its lush green color during the winter. Many arborvitae trees turn bronze or brown color on the tips of their branches during the winter month. 

Emerald Green Arborvitae is widely adaptable and there are a great variety of cultivars available from which to choose. It performs well in humid regions. Provide a site with full to partial sunlight, on consistently moist soil. Heavy clay and light sandy soils should be well amended with organic matter to improve drainage and water retention respectively. Emerald Green Arborvitae trees grow best in full sun, but they can withstand partial shade (afternoon sun is best in this case).

Botanical Name: Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'

Common Names of Arborvitae Emerald Green: American Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, Northern white cedar, Eastern white cedar

Spacing for Arborvitae Emerald Green: 4 feet minimum, 6 feet maximum for hedges.

Growth Rate of Arborvitae Emerald Green: 1.5 to 2 feet per year

Native Range of Arborvitae Emerald Green: North America

Tolerates dry soil and drought. Will grow under Black walnuts

History and Lore of the Arborvitae Emerald Green

The name “arborvitae” means “tree of life” in Latin and was applied to the Eastern species, Thuja occidentalis, by early French explorers who noted that Native Americans used its foliage for medicinal purposes. Eastern arborvitae is the species most commonly used in Midwestern yards, although Green Giant arborvitae (T. plicata), a larger Western species, is also popular because it has a reputation for being more deer-resistant. For the living tree the name arborvitae, which means “tree of life,” was given by French explorers who had been cured of scurvy by local native people using tea made of the foliage and sap that is rich in vitamin C. Because of his appreciation for this medicinal tree of the new world, Jacques Cartier sent specimens home to be grown in France in the mid-1500s. As for longevity, the name arborvitae is a perfect fit in this regard as well. Members of this species are the oldest trees in eastern North America. Although they once were believed to be a short-lived tree, some of the gnarly, ancient cliff-dwelling specimens have been aged at more than 1000 years. Arborvitae Emerald Green was one of the first North American native trees to be cultivated in Europe. Its common name was a symbol of its importance to weary travelers, more so than its own long life. Such a commonly used landscape plant rarely has the romantic appeal of Arborvitae Emerald Green.



Planting Information

Never plant Arborvitae Emerald Green deeper than originally planted in the pot. As a rule we always say that before you mulch you should still be able to see the soil from the original pot. Planting to deep can cause rotting of the stem and death to the tree. Arborvitae Emerald Green are fairly drought tolerant, however they grow very slow without adequate water. Staking young trees is recommended to minimize the stress on the stem from winds blowing the tree. When tying trees to stakes remember the tree will continue to grow. Loosely tie the tree with several twist ties to allow for growth. Check trees every three months and loosen as needed. If this is not done, the twist tie will grow into the tree causing injury. A Pro tip that we can offer is to use a short length of old garden hose and run the tie wire through the hose. this will protect the trunk of the tree from being damaged by the tie wire. The one question that comes up often when talking to customers is "when is the best time to plant."? For the most part, container trees can be planted year around, provided the ground isn't frozen. Below Virginia many nurseries and Christmas tree growers field plant year around, weather permitting. When planting a potted tree, remember the only water source the tree has, is its small root ball, and all the water the tree uses must come from them until new roots can grow into the surrounding soil. New trees should be watered twice weekly (Minimum), under hot drier conditions possibly more. Care should be taken not to over water. More trees die from over watering than under.


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