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Emerald Green Arborvitae

One of our most favorite evergreen plants! They are slower growing but they are tough and very cold hardy! On average they grow 6” to 12” per year. Something very important about these is that they need to be leader trained at a young age, which is not hard to do. When these are allowed to freely grow they will put out multiple leaders (main trunk branch) and then in the future with wind, ice and snow they will split in half because they have multiple weaker leaders instead of one strong one. Sometimes they can recover but typically they stay split and look horrible! While these are young, make sure to cut any competition leaders off and to only leave one vertical leader – very important! Otherwise these bad boys are excellent evergreen plants for smaller areas typically topping out at 12 to 15 foot tall.


To follow with your state regulations, we can not ship this plant to: California, Oregon, Arizona.

Deliveries to WA, UT, ID, NV, MT, ND, SD MUST be shipped Bareroot.

**** DESCRIPTION ****
A slower growing but very cold hardy and long lived evergreen. These work great for small areas. This plant that makes great privacy screens and hedges.

**** TREE INFO ****
Name: Emerald Green Arborvitae
Other Names: Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd
Grow Zone: 4 to 8
Growth Speed: Slow to Moderate
Light Requirements: Likes Full to partial sun
Average Full Grown Height: 12 to 15ft
Average Full Grown Width: 3 to 4ft
Deciduous (loses Leaves) Or Evergreen (Holds Foilage All Year): Evergreen. Spacing: 2ft to 3ft for full dense screen


Here are some pictures of ours, including some pictures of us getting some packaged up to ship out! We typically have these to sell in 6” pots – these are typically between one and two years of age with great root systems!

In a 6” pot

Below are some pictures of full grown emerald greens!