Riverside™ Arborvitae

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Narrow, Blue-Green Evergreen Riverside™ Arborvitae

  • Great Form Fits Beautifully, Even on Smaller Lots
  • Perfect Screening Evergreen
  • Wonderful Dark-Green Foliage with Blue Overcast
  • Dense All the Way to the Ground
  • Low Maintenance

Are you facing this common modern dilemma? You don't have enough room in your yard for a full-size evergreen. But, you need to screen the neighbors, hide the garage, or add structure to your landscape design.

Don't worry, you have a great option to boost your privacy without taking over your whole yard. Take a good look at the handsome Riverside™ Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Rivzam').

This is an outstanding selection that grows fairly tall, and does stay quite narrow. You'll fall in love with the deep green foliage. It features a marvelously sophisticated bluish overcast during the growing season.

It grows thick and dense all the way down to the ground. Use this to create a lush hedge or living green wall. The narrow footprint means you'll have plenty of room to include other flowering shrubs, Roses and outdoor seating areas.

Go ahead and screen out the ugly with the hardy and easy to grow evergreen. Once Riverside Arborvitae gets established in your soil after the first season or two, it won't require much care from you beyond regular watering.

Feel good about this choice. Riverside has an high-end, narrow form that is so useful on today's smaller lots. Paired with that killer deep blue-green foliage? You'll want more than one.

Order from the expert growers at Nature Hills. We know you'll be thrilled with the professional grade plant material, carefully boxed and shipped right to your doorstep at the right time for planting.

Order your Riverside today!

How to Use Riverside™ Arborvitae in the Landscape

Yes, you can rely on Riverside to provide a very welcome sense of privacy. But why not consider carving out some space for you, your family and friends to enjoy in your backyard? Riverside would be the perfect tree to use as green walls of a special Garden Room.

Create an elegant outdoor dining space, or carve out some me time with a Meditation Room or outdoor yoga studio. Shield your kids' playset from the afternoon sun. Or, make a Memory Garden with an exterior bench and special statuary. March a row down the east or north side of your pool deck.

Riverside suits many different styles, from rustic to contemporary to Zen. Pair it with Viburnum or Chokeberry Aronia shrubs, Ornamental Grasses of all heights and widths, or keep it easy with Landscape Rose shrubs planted on the sunny side.

This tree is interesting enough to make a striking, single specimen plant. Use at the corner of your modern foundation planting to anchor the design.

Incorporate Riverside into your shelterbelts and windbreaks. Add Birch trees and Lilac shrubs on the sunny side. You'll set a beautiful stage with excellent color and gain that all-important biodiversity on your property.

For a solid screen, plant them 2 feet on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Loosen up that spacing to 3 feet on center, if you want a more natural look.

Need a fast screen? Try an old farmer's trick. Use a double, zigzagging, staggered row along the length of the fence, or driveway. Riverside stays slender, so it will easily fit in side yards, as well.

Who says hedges have to be straight? Try a curved, or serpentine line to suit a casual lifestyle. Use a winding row along the back of your perennial border as a marvelous, easy-care, evergreen backdrop. You'll definitely appreciate the added winter interest of this focal point.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant them in full sun or partial shade. They'll need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight every day.

Keep the soil surrounding your new Riverside Arborvitae evenly moist, as they establish their root system in your landscape. Mulch works well to keep the roots cool and moist, so add a 3 inch layer around the roots. Pull mulch back from the base of the trunk by several inches.

They do prefer a good moisture level to maintain even growth. When it gets dry, drop the hose beneath it and let it soak the surrounding area.

Enjoy these handsome, and oh-so-useful evergreen trees in your yard this season. Order the impressive Riverside Arborvitae from the expert growers at Nature Hills 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Riverside™ Arborvitae Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Thuja occidentalis 'Rivzam'
Mature Height 15 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Pollinator Friendly No