Emerald Green Arborvitae

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Popular Emerald Green Arborvitae

  • Hardy Formal Evergreen
  • Grows 1-2 Feet Per Year!
  • Can Tolerate Urban Conditions
  • Upright Narrow Pyramidal Form
  • Dense, Soft Foliage
  • Quick Screen or Hedge
  • Wildlife Tree
  • Easy Care Privacy
  • Narrow Form Fits Perfectly
  • Living Wall Creates Garden 'Rooms'!

Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') is a selection of native White Cedar with incredibly vibrant green foliage all year round. The color deepens into a lovely emerald shade of green as it gets older. And the pretty foliage sprays are nice and soft to the touch.

This is a very popular selection because of the overall uniform, narrow and upright pyramid shape. Cold hardy, these are beautiful workhorses that provide a full, lush screen. Best of all? They are quick growers.

Arborvitae means the "Tree of Life" and this selection will act like a breath of fresh, clean air in your landscape. If Green Giant Arborvitae grow too tall for you, try this variety on for size. It's a great size and shape for today's smaller yards.

They feature bright green foliage that has a soft sheen. These will stand out in your garden, but not in a flashy way. Instead, these become the "bones" of your garden. They'll give structure and definition year-round.

Speedy growing Emerald Green Arborvitae are easy care. These Thujas tolerate a variety of soil conditions, including poorly draining clay soil and pollution. Arborvitae love full sun, but they can grow fine in partial shade or dappled shade with a slightly looser, more open habit.

All this in a smaller package which is why it has become so popular. Order today!

How to Use Emerald Green Arborvitae in the Landscape

They make amazing green walls to define an outdoor room. Use them to gain some privacy near your patio, or to screen off an unsightly view.

They fit beautifully in tight spaces, such as along garage walls, along the driveway, in side yards and on the border of your property.

If you need a solid screen quickly, simply plant them close together every 3 or 4 feet. The plants will grow together and form a solid mass without any space between.

Emerald Green Arborvitae have a uniform and even look. They'll work well in either formal or informal settings.

If you'd like, they can be trimmed as a formal hedge in early spring. You can also allow them to grow into their natural form, where they will look fresh and tidy with literally no work on your part! It's no trouble to gently shape them in spring, they'll do just fine.

Emerald Green Arborvitae is great for wildlife cover and protection for small birds, especially in colder climates. Use as a windbreak against gusty prevailing winds.

Accent your front yard with a single tree or a grouped display of 3 planted in a triangle.

They make a terrific backdrop to a showy shrub border, or to your flower and perennial gardens. Imagine some of our woody Hydrangea selections planted in front of them to really show off their pink and white flowers. Or, how about reblooming Lilacs or Azaleas? Gorgeous!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Arborvitae are very fibrous-rooted and easy to transplant. They have a shallow, spreading root system and Arborvitae are not known for being aggressive unlike a Willow.

They prefer a well-drained soil, but are very forgiving. They’ll tolerate drier soils once established, or soils that may be wetter for short periods of time. Just make sure you don't plant them too deep. Instead, place them at the same soil level as their growing container.

Their root zones are shallow, so apply a generous amount of mulch over the soil. Be sure not to heap mulch near the trunk, give about 4 inches of clearance all around the trunk.

Plant Emerald Green with Nature Hills Root Booster to encourage new root production. Once your planting hole is dug, add the Root Booster to the bottom of the hole, where it will nourish the root ball.

Water well at planting and keep them watered until they have roots established in your soil. It's always a great idea to water well in late fall before the soil freezes. Use the "Finger Test" by sticking your finger into the soil near the roots to the second knuckle. If it's moist, skip watering that day. If dry, a nice long drink best.

You'll really appreciate these wonderful trees both as a beautiful accent and for full privacy. These are in demand by shoppers across the country, so place your order today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Emerald Green Arborvitae Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Emerald Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No