Arborvitae Emerald Green
Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'
Arborvitae Emerald Green makes a fast growing privacy screen for full sun that thrives in heat and humidity and is often used as a screen. Holds its color throughout the winter and tolerates drought when established. The rich green of its foliage and handsome, narrow form make this conifer an excellent choice to plant in a row as a formal screen. Leave it un-sheared for the natural effect of its stately form. Emerald Green Arborvitae are cylindrical cedar trees. If they are allowed to grow without any pruning, they grow tall and thin. If they are pruned on top they will put their growth into growing bushier but not add as much height.
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Arborvitae Emerald Green is unarguably the shrub most commonly used to create an evergreen hedge, here and around the country. Gardeners who are tired of seeing arborvitae used over and over again for hedges, often ask me for a comparable substitute. There isn’t one. Arborvitae Emerald Green are the mainstay of evergreen hedges because they’re perfect for creating a “green” fence or boundary. Arborvitae are a dense evergreen shrub with a long life. They have no serious insect pest problems in our area, 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. Most people use the Arborvitae Emerald Green as a privacy barrier to block out noisy neighbors. The Arborvitae Emerald Green only grows 14 to 16' feet tall, so it's 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. Arborvitae trees are a deep and rich green color year-round, which displays how robust they are. Like the Leyland Cypress, their foliage grows in flat sprays and, close up, the needles appear covered in fine green scales. Arborvitae Emerald Green Thuja (American Arborvitae) is a perfect evergreen for smaller spaces. Grow these trees as living screens that won’t overpower your entire lawn and garden with their size. The Arborvitae Emerald Green grows to a mature height of sixteen feet high by 4 to 6 feet wide, and it grows between one and two feet per year under optimum growing conditions. 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 a bronze or brown color on the tips of their branches during the winter months). Arborvitae Emerald Green ranges from Nova Scotia to Manitoba south through the Great Lakes region and along the Appalachians to North Carolina and Tennessee. In the north it tends to be closely aligned with low, acidic, wet areas such as river banks and bog edges. At its mountainous southern extent it becomes altogether less common and more likely found on limestone cliffs. This species, seldom sought by lumbermen (besides those used for cabin roofing shingles) because of its “weakness,” had been the premier wood for canoe frames for millennia. Its tendency to separate at the growth rings provided thin, super lightweight, flexible and rot resistant material that could easily be shaped into ribs or used for planking. Arborvitae Emerald Green 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. Arborvitae Emerald Green trees grow best in full sun, but they can withstand partial shade (afternoon sun is best in this case).
What is the 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.