The Emerald Green Arborvitae is a favorite for formal landscapes across the nation! As you might expect, this Arborvitae is named for its bright emerald-green foliage. Each evergreen branch features flat, scaled leaves that lay close together, creating a very dense foliage effect. Therefore, it’s ideal for a privacy screen, windbreak, or sound dampener.
This is one of the most popular members of the Thuja family, due to its controlled growth. While some similar varieties grow to be 60+ feet tall, such as the Green Giant Arborvitae, the Emerald Green Arborvitae only grows to be 12-15 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.
The Emerald Green Thuja grows with a naturally narrow, pyramidal growth habit, no pruning required. So this is a fantastic tree for fans of low-maintenance gardens.
This selection is more heat and humidity tolerant than many Thuja, making it perfect for southern landscapes.
Try placing a couple of Emerald Greens in containers next to a doorway, or entrance. Line a driveway with them. Use them as a vertical element in a mixed garden. Trim it into a topiary. You almost can’t go wrong!
This is a moderate grower, meaning that it will grow between 1-2 feet per year depending on its planting conditions.
Emerald Green Arborvitae Care
Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8, and down to -30°F when fully established.
Plant in Full Sun to ensure consistently dense, attractive foliage.
Water 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. For the next growing season, water 1-2 times per week. After that, the Emerald Green Arborvitae only needs supplementary water in times of extreme heat and drought.
Prefers to be planted in deep, fertile soil with good drainage and consistent moisture. Top dress the soil beneath your plant yearly with compost to ensure it stays rich and healthy.
While your plant is still young, fertilize regularly with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote new growth. Once the plant has matured, a light yearly fertilizing will do the trick.
Spacing Your Emerald Green Arborvitae
For a seamless planting, space your Emerald Green Arborvitae 3-5 feet apart from plant center to plant center. For space between plantings, plant them 2-4+ feet apart.