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Emerald Green Arborvitae Tree

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is a top choice when it comes to establishing a lush evergreen privacy screen with vivid green foliage that hold its hue all year-round.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd' or Thuja '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.

True to its name, the Emerald Green Arborvitae tree's vibrant green foliage is soft and velvety to the touch and holds its color exceptionally well throughout winter.


Hardiness 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
Growzone: 3-7 Emerald Green Arborvitae Tree Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Emerald Green Arborvitae Tree

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, then center the tree within the hole. It should only be as deep as the original pot. Then, backfill the hole with nutrient-rich soil, and water deeply. 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.

How do I fertilize Emerald Green Arborvitae?

How do I fertilize Emerald Green Arborvitae?

Emerald Green Arborvitaes are resilient trees that will thrive on their own; however, good fertilizer can promote thicker, healthier foliage. After planting, we recommend applying a slow-release fertilizer, such as Espoma Holly-Tone. Slow-release fertilizers also provide 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?

It is best to water your Thuja Emerald Green thoroughly when it is first planted. Water every other day for the first two weeks, then about every three days for the first 3 to 6 months, depending on your climate. After 6 months, your area's natural rainfall and water table should be sufficient to sustain a more mature Emerald Arborvitae. Still water mature trees in the event of extreme heat or drought.

How to mulch Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

How to mulch Emerald Green Arborvitae trees?

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. Leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant. 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.


Additional Information

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

Emerald Green Arborvitae trees were developed in Denmark, hence their botanical moniker Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd' - Smaragd means Emerald in Danish. One can see why these are some of the most highly requested trees for home landscaping. The green is a brilliant color, almost blue green, and these handsome trees maintain that vibrant color year round.

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. It is pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant once established. They can be planted in many more ways than simply as privacy trees. Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green' also make great foundation plants, or they can frame the front of a large home.

Arborvitae trees are known for their ease of care. These evergreens tolerate a variety of soil conditions, including heavy clay soils. Planting in 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. This cold-hardy and durable evergreen tree prefers partial to full sun, slightly moist soil, and requires minimal care. Emerald Green Arborvitae can tolerate both heat and humidity as well. They can grow in partial shade or even dappled shade but will develop a slightly more open habit.


Frequently Asked questions

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