Emerald Green Arborvitae
Both homeowners and businesses can use this tree to draw attention to different areas of their property. Its versatility makes it possible to fulfill many different roles in landscaping. Its rugged beauty looks at home in many settings, from urban farms to upscale shops in downtown centers and everything in between.
General Information about Emerald Green Arborvitae
A native to North America, the Emerald Green Arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis, is found in almost every state and can withstand heavy snows and ice storms with little damage. The hot and wet summers of the southern portion of the country help the Emerald Green thrive. Most specimens reach at least seven feet in height, with many reaching almost three times that size. It has very few natural pests, as well as only a handful of diseases that can hinder health or growth. Foliage color changes to an almost-burgundy hue during the fall. This plant grows best in zones 3-8.
Uses for Emerald Green Arborvitae
Because of the structure of this tree, pruning can keep it from growing any higher than desired, producing a uniformly-sized hedge or grouping. Differences in height can also come in handy to add visual interest. The density of the leaves and branches helps make this tree a perfect specimen for hedges along property lines or windbreaks. Pruning trees planted in containers and other locations in spirals add a unique look.
Dead or broken branches rarely leave noticeable gaps once removed, so pruning is never a bad thing. Spacing between trees can vary significantly, giving homeowners a great deal of versatility. Watering requirements decrease over time. A very hardy plant that lasts for years with very little care. During droughts, water deeply at the base, avoiding the leaves, once weekly to prevent browning of leaves. Heavy frosts during the winter might kill off more delicate portions of the leaves, but replacements quickly grow back as soon as the weather turns warmer.
The Emerald Green Arborvitae is not a native tree and is shipped bare root 1-2 feet tall.