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Thuja occidentalis - Smaragd

Arborvitae - Emerald Green

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of todays best selling pyramidal arbs. This evergreen has shimmering emerald green foliage with a tight and erect shape. This selection is cold hardy down to 40 degrees below zero and keeps a nice color through winter. The Emerald Green Arborvitae also has very good heat tolerance and is adaptable to many soil types. This arborvitae has many uses, but is generally used as a property border, living fence or privacy screen. Plant in an area protected from wind in colder areas to prevent winter burn.

Our plants come with extra large and fibrous root systems, ready to plant and flourish!

Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Soil Type:

Clay, Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:

Part Shade, Part Sun, Sun




Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

4-5 foot spread , 15-18 feet in height


Annual Growth Rate:



Shop By Use:

Juglone Tolerant, Privacy Screen, Winter Interest

Care Tips

Care Tips - Growing:

Deeply water newly planted Arborvitae to help the roots anchor and stay healthy. Adding mulch around the base of your planting will reduce plant stress and retain soil moisture. You shouldn’t need to fertilize your tree, but you can do so before new growth pushes in spring.

Care Tips - Pruning:

Arborvitae handles pruning and shearing well, but pruning is typically not necessary. In those instances where pruning is a must, only trim back the new growth of the current season and remove dieback. Any shearing should be done in early spring before the first flush of new growth.

Care Tips - Soil:

Average, alkaline, well-drained

Care Tips - Uses:

Privacy, barrier, windbreak

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones