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    Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green' ('Emerald')('Smaragd')

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    Emerald Green Arborvitae

    Emerald Green Arborvitae

    Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green' ('Emerald')('Smaragd')

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    Plant Type
    Tree, Shrub
    Mature height
    10-15 ft.
    Mature Width
    3-4 ft.
    Sun exposure
    Full Sun
    Growth Rate
    Grows Well in Zones
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Attracts Wildlife
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    Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green' is a popular choice for privacy hedges and borders, prized for its compact size, uniform habit, and vibrant emerald foliage that retains its green color throughout the year. The lush greenery of Emerald Green Arborvitae enhances the informal or formal garden, and adds a sense of serenity in the landscape.

    Perfectly suited for small spaces, this compact arborvitae adds a verdant vertical element to the landscape. Easy to grow, Emerald Green Thuja looks great in small groupings, as a formal hedge, or an informal privacy screen. Create stunning green pathways with an emerald colonnade or use them as evergreen pillars in garden corners.

    Emerald Green, also known as 'Smaragd' (Danish for emerald), is a cone-shaped, medium-sized conifer that grows up to 15 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide. With a moderately slow growth rate of around 12 inches per year, Thuja Emerald Green requires minimal pruning, making it a low-maintenance hedge option. Its naturally dense foliage, composed of glossy, bright green, flattened sprays with scale-like leaves, provides shelter for small birds.

    Best in climates with some humidity and cold winters, Emerald Green Arborvitae flourishes in USDA zones 4-8, transforming gardens into verdant sanctuaries of privacy and beauty.

    Plant Care

    Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’ grows best in fertile, loamy, well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Avoid planting in a windy location. Best in full sun, but will tolerate light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Full shade will negatively affect its overall appearance.

    Water regularly and deeply during the first few months to aid in the growth of roots. Once established, reduce frequency while maintaining moist soil, not soggy.

    Emerald Green Arborvitae will retain its natural shape as it matures, and regular pruning usually isn't necessary. It can tolerate frequent and heavier pruning if shaped into a topiary. If desired, a light pruning in early spring will encourage thicker growth and a tidy appearance. Do not cut back to bare wood; new growth only develops from the leafy part of the branch.

    Best in climates with some humidity and cold winters, Emerald Green Arborvitae flourishes in USDA zones 4-8. It tolerates cooler, drier temperatures better than hot, scorching temperatures. It does not grow well in the heat of the southwest.

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    Q: What is the difference between Thuja Emerald Green and Thuja Green Giant?
    A: Emerald Green Arborvitae is a medium-sized cultivar of Thuja occidentalis and grows 15 ft. tall and 3-4 ft. wide. Arborvitae Green Giant is a large conifer growing up to 50 ft. tall and 12-15 ft. wide. It is a hybrid between Thuja standishii (Japanese Thuja) and T. plicata (Western Red Cedar).

    Q: How far apart should I plant Emerald Green Arborvitae?
    A: For an informal screen and to maintain its natural stately shape, plant Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’ at least 6 ft. apart from each other. For a dense hedge, plant 4 ft. apart from the center of the trunks.

    Q: How fast does Emerald Green Arborvitae grow?
    A: A moderately slow grower, Thuja Emerald Green grows approximately 12 inches per year.

    Q: Is Thuja Emerald Green and Smaragd the same thing?
    A: Yes. Smaragd was introduced in the 1950s by a Danish nursery, D.T. Poulsen Nursery. Smaragd, which means emerald, is marketed in the U.S. under the trade name Emerald Green.

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