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Emerald Green Arborvitae

With its slender shape and medium height, emerald green arborvitae is often used as a screen for those who want privacy but not necessarily complete isolation. The pyramidal tree is dense, yet elegant; tall, yet moderate.

Emerald green arborvitaes prefer deep, well-drained soil and full sun. Frequent watering during the first year will allow these evergreens to grow healthy root systems and rise to roughly 15 feet by maturity. Most importantly, be sure to give your tree(s) extensive care during summer, as the emerald green arborvitae is not drought tolerant. For a lovely aesthetic, consider planting several emerald greens in a row.

Did You Know?
Originating from Denmark, the emerald green arborvitae is also commonly referred to as “Smaragd,” the Danish word for “emerald.” 

Other Fun Facts About Emerald Green Arborvitae

  • While many arborvitaes will bronze during winter, the emerald green maintains its lush, green foliage year-round.
  • Emerald green arborvitaes are extremely hardy during the cold months, making them a popular pick as far north as Maine.
  • Emerald green foliage gives off a refreshing cedar scent during pruning. Just be careful not to go overboard, as the tree will not grow back its foliage if the wood is penetrated.

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