If you are faced with an ugly view, or live next to a noisy street—you're probably looking for a screening solution. For an easy-care, tough and beautiful solution, consider the Arborvitae (Thuja) genus family of soft evergreens that are related to Cypress.
Several species are native to both Eastern and Northeastern North America. We sell cultivars of many types, including Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis and Thuja plicata.
You'll hear them nicknamed Western Red Cedar and White Cedar. But Arborvitae actually means "Tree of Life"; and hot tea brewed from their steeped leaves and bark is quite rich in Vitamin C.
Arborvitae is a beautiful evergreen with bright green, scale-like leaves that are held in wide sprays. They are soft to the touch, rather than prickly.
The fine-textured, lacy foliage is borne in a flat plane up and down all along the trunk. Because of this welcome trait, Arborvitae is lush to the ground...not leggy with a bare trunk.
It grows quickly into a solid visual screen with proper care and plenty of sunlight. You'll love how well they work for you, whether you grow Arborvitae trees or smaller shrubs.
Cold-hardy Arborvitae make the perfect screening plant. Most varieties can grow several feet a year, especially in rich soil with adequate water.
Arborvitae are temperate evergreens that perform best in Zones 8 and up. Check each product page to see which cultivar will suit your landscape best.
Nature Hills sells a lot of Arborvitae cultivars across the country each season. Our expert growers are well-versed in their care requirements, and ship commercial landscape-grade plants direct to your door.
One of the most popular is Green Giant—a natural hybrid cultivar that is rated as the fastest-growing Arborvitae tree. In the right conditions, you can actually expect three feet of growth a year!
Green Giants Arborvitae work best on larger properties. They make a very effective tall hedge in areas where Leyland Cypress isn't recommended due to high winds.
North Pole Arborvitae is a perfect choice for smaller yards. These columnar trees stay narrow enough to provide screening in side yards.
If you want a "medium-sized" tree, try Emerald Green Arborvitae. They stay narrow and compact, but grow plenty tall enough to hide your pool deck from curious passers-by.
You'll love how the Tree of Life gives you the perfect green backdrop to design your landscape around. Best of all, they'll look great all year long.
In fact, installing a "living fence" of Arborvitae costs less than a traditional fence! In areas with HOAs, growing a hedge row is an easy way to extend the height of your hardscape fence!
You'll love the fragrant, resinous foliage, especially if you love the rich, fresh scents of lemon and clean cotton. Even the ridged bark is attractive, and it grows silvery-white with age.
The foliage is soft and dense, and it boasts plenty of surface area. Arborvitae foliage absorbs sound and muffles the sound of traffic!
Arborvitae trees are hard-working and long-lived. You have no better way to eliminate ugly views, block wind, catch snow, and absorb sound.
Choosing Thuja also means you'll be providing shelter for songbirds! Arborvitae is listed as a "dog-friendly" and "horse-friendly" plant, according to the ASPCA.
Mature trees may produce half-inch long green cones that deepen into a rich brown. Wildlife relish eating the egg-shaped Arborvitae fruit.
In spring, you likely won't notice the tiny tan flowers. However, these evergreens do provide habitat for butterflies and moths.
Arborvitae lumber is valuable, too. Although the trees live up to 400 years, in some areas they are regularly managed for poles and posts.
Many people want to know how close to plant Arborvitae trees for a privacy screen. Study the Plant Highlights to find out what their mature spread.
Some Arborvitae, like Green Giants, perform fine with tight spacing. They can be planted from five feet apart for a tight screen...to twelve feet apart for a loose, natural look.
Plant two staggered, zig-zagging rows for fast results and a graceful look. Always measure the distance from trunk to trunk, which is called "on center spacing".
Tighten the spacing for smaller trees like Emerald Green. Plant three feet apart on center for a beautiful privacy screen.
Most Arborvitae can be trimmed or sheared into formal hedges, but you can also allow your plants to grow naturally, too. You'll appreciate dressing them up with a formal shear, or leaving them informal for a casual landscape.
Make the most of your landscape investment. Plant partial shade-loving perennials on the north and east side of your Arborvitae.
On the full sun side of your evergreen trees, plant smaller shrubs like Dogwood or Viburnum. Finish up with a curved series of Ornamental Grasses, or bold Daylilies for an easy-care planting that will look great!
Arborvitae tree roots are fibrous, and aren't generally considered aggressive. However, we do recommend that you give trees plenty of space to reach their mature spread and height.
Mature Arborvitae privacy trees are worth their weight in gold. Hide an unsightly view with their durable, dark green foliage.
Plant Arborvitae on the south or west side of your entertainment area. They cast delicious shade for fun backyard get-togethers with family and friends.
For courtyard settings, select types of Arborvitae that stay small. Evergreen shrubs can be a wonderful option, too.
Full Sugar and Spice Arborvitae is a perfect size for a specimen. It grows into a broad oval, not a tight pyramid like others.
Show off your designer style by starting a collection of these easy-care plants. Use them throughout your landscape, including as an anchor in your foundation planting for a consistent element that requires little care.
Easy to grow and maintain, Arborvitae come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are tall and broad varieties that grow over 50 feet to give you some serious privacy.
There are narrow, pyramid-shaped varieties that fit beautifully in your side yard. You'll love the drooping little accent varieties that provide a perfect evergreen punctuation in your backyard landscape.
Be sure to look at the Plant Highlight Facts to see the mature height and spread of the variety. You'll find one (or two, three or more!) that work for you in your yard.
Thuja comes in many varieties, and Nature Hills offers a wide catalog to choose from to create your living hedge or screen.
Arborvitae trees prefer colder climates to warmer ones, and are naturally found in Zones 3 to 8. Give your tree some afternoon shade in areas that have hot summer months.
Look for a sheltered spot with some winter protection against damage from ice and snow. Site them correctly to block the worst of the winter winds.
While they prefer slightly acidic soil, they will grow in a variety of soils, from clay to sandy loam. With a shallow root ball, Arborvitae grow best in moist, well-drained soil.
Arborvitae planting season runs from spring through fall. If you plant your trees in summer, be prepared to offer regular water.
Dig a hole no deeper than the root ball, but twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster, plant your new tree, then water them in very well to eliminate air pockets.
These popular trees will tolerate periodic drought for short times after they are established. But we recommend that you give them supplemental water year-round, as needed.
Some of the taller varieties develop a reddish brown color in winter, then turn green again during early spring and summer. Water them well in fall to protect against winter burn.
Buy your commercial landscape-grade Arborvitae trees from us, and track the box right to your doorstep. What could be more convenient?
If you see your preferred variety in stock, place your order right away. We sell out quickly.