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Grower Select: Emerald Green - Arborvitae Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-7
  • Spacing: 3-4'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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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!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-7
  • Spacing: 3-4'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Show more ›
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The Story

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.

The Details

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!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 2
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 12'
Avg Mature Width 4'
Spacing 3-4'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Green
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Grower Select: Emerald Green - Arborvitae Tree
Grower Select: Emerald Green - Arborvitae Leaf
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