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Why Buy Arborvitae Trees?

Written by: PBM Team



Time to read 3 min

Arborvitaes Trees are versatile workhorses in the Cypress Tree family for nearly any landscape. They come in just about every shape, size, and color. However, a constant across all varieties is their lush dense growth that proves to be evergreen all year long!

Arborvitae Trees Are Perfect for Privacy Screens

Are nosey neighbors getting you down? Or do you just want to create your own little slice of heaven, shielded away from the outside world? Look no further than Arborvitae trees! This is where their dense growth really pays off in dividends. You'll be enjoying your natural privacy oasis in no-time.

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Which Arborvitae Trees should I plant for my Privacy Screen?

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is a classic favorite for Privacy Screens. We recommend this one for those of you who want a bit more refined, medium-height screen with essentially zero maintenance required. It is only 12-14 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide! 

But if you have serious privacy screen needs and need them yesterday, you will want the Green Giant Arborvitae. This beauty has brilliant green foliage and grows like wildfire, similar to the Leyland Cypress. Once fully established in favorable conditions in the landscape, it can grow 3-5 feet per year! It maxes out around 40-50 feet tall, so it's great for long stretches requiring a tree screen.

Why else might I want to plant Arborvitae Trees?

Arborvitaes serve you, your family, and your landscape in numerous ways.

They Block Out Pollutants

Arborvitaes' dense foliage naturally filters and cleans the air that blows through it. Therefore, they're perfect for blocking out and removing pollutants from busy streets next to your yard.

Use them to Buffer the Wind

Create your own sanctuary from the storm with a strategically placed Thuja tree screen. They block out wind beautifully. Furthermore, you can even use them to insulate your house from chilling winter winds.

Arborvitae Trees Screens Dampen Noise

Sick and tired of road noise? Is your neighbor's motorcycle driving you batty? Plant a screen or double screen of Arborvitaes! Their thick foliage absorbs noise beautifully and will give you a nice evergreen background to enjoy in your landscape.

Arborvitae (Thuja) Tree Planting and Care Tips

Generally, as a rule of thumb, Arborvitaes prefer somewhat moist soil. However, they are vulnerable to root rot, so make sure that water isn't consistently pooling at the base of the plant. If you have drainage issues, try adding about 8 inches of bark or sand at the bottom of the hole and position your plant's root ball several inches above the soil around it. Then mound garden soil around the root ball. 

Water your new plantings 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. Apply 3-4 inches of mulch around the base of your plant. Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote new growth.

Types of Arborvitae Trees we Carry

Emerald Green Arborvitae Tree

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'

Emerald Green Arborvitae is a fantastic addition to any landscape due to its dense, pyramidal shape and vibrant green foliage that remains lush and attractive year-round. This evergreen shrub is visually appealing and highly functional, providing excellent privacy screening and windbreaks when planted in rows. Its compact size makes it perfect for smaller spaces or as a vertical accent in more extensive gardens. Additionally, Emerald Green Arborvitae is low-maintenance, drought-tolerant once established, and resistant to many pests and diseases, making it an easy choice for gardeners seeking both beauty and practicality in their landscapes.

Matures to 12-14' H and 3-4' W

Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8

Green Giant Arborvitae Trees

Thuja standishii plicata 'Green Giant'

Green Giant Arborvitae is an outstanding choice for your landscape, offering rapid growth and impressive height, making it ideal for creating privacy screens and windbreaks. With its dense, lush green foliage that retains its vibrant color year-round, this evergreen tree adds a touch of elegance and natural beauty to any setting. Green Giant Arborvitae is highly adaptable, thriving in various soil conditions and exhibiting strong resistance to pests, diseases, and deer. Its robust nature and minimal maintenance requirements make it a favorite among homeowners and landscapers looking to achieve both aesthetic appeal and functional benefits in their outdoor spaces.

Matures to 40-50' H and 10-12' W

Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8

Forever Goldy Arborvitae Trees

Thuja plicata '4EVER' PP19267

Forever Goldy Arborvitae is a stunning addition to any landscape. It is renowned for its vibrant golden-yellow foliage that retains its color throughout the year, providing a bright and cheerful contrast against traditional green plants. This evergreen shrub has a compact, conical shape that adds a touch of elegance and structure to gardens, making it an excellent choice for focal points, hedges, or mixed borders. Its hardy nature allows it to thrive in various soil conditions and climates, while its resistance to pests and diseases ensures long-term beauty with minimal maintenance. Forever Goldy Arborvitae brings enduring beauty and visual interest to any outdoor space, whether used as a privacy screen, an accent plant, or a colorful backdrop.

Matures to 10-12' H and 3-3.5' W

Hardy in USDA Zones 5-8

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