Grower Select: Emerald Green - Arborvitae
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Emerald Green Arborvitae is the go-to plant for creating living green walls in narrow places. At a spacing of 2-3 feet, a row of Emeralds will fill in to make a solid evergreen privacy screen that will block views into your space, muffle noise, and provide a quiet, deep green background for roses or other flowering plants you’d like to grow. This versatile tree can also be shaped into fun topiary shapes, and as a part of our Fresco™ topiary line, we are pleased to offer Emerald Green Arborvitae in a spiral form as well!
- Hardiness Zone: 2-7
- Spacing: 3-4'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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This species, our native Eastern Arborvitae, has the longest lifespan of any North American tree east of the Rockies, and can live 1,700 years. ‘Emerald Green’ didn’t originate here, however. It emerged from a Danish nursery in 1950, which is why you’ll sometimes see this tree referred to as ‘Smaragd’—Danish for “Emerald.” The descendants of the original owner of that nursery, D.T. Poulsen, are still running the business, though their attentions have turned to plant breeding, and they specialize in roses. Some 30 million ‘Poulsen’ roses are produced annually.
Unlike many other evergreen trees, such as Spruce or Juniper, Emerald Green Arborvitae isn’t prickly, but soft to the touch. It’s fragrant, too! Perhaps its aromatic foliage is why Eastern Arborvitae is also known as “White Cedar”—even though it isn’t a true Cedar tree.
How to Grow
This dapper, formal evergreen specimen tree is an easygoing addition to your landscape. It grows in almost any kind of soil, in full sun or light shade. Give it a good drink during dry spells. If it starts to turn brown, it’s too late! In deer country, protect this tree with a repellant, or you may get some unsolicited pruning. The only other pest your Emerald Green trees may encounter is “bagworms.” Look for little gray cocoons hanging from the branches, pick them off, and crush them under your heel—problem solved!
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