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Arborvitae, Emerald Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald'

Emerald Arborvitae - Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald'
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Shimmering emerald green foliage. Great for hedges or screens. Narrow, pyramidal form. Attractive in all seasons. Plant 2'-3' apart for a screen.

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Zones 3 - 7 Zones 3 - 7
Hardiness Zones 3 - 7
The Emerald Arborvitae can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Evergreen Evergreen
Type of tree
Evergreens
10' - 15' High 10' - 15' High
Mature Height
The Emerald Arborvitae grows to be 10' - 15' feet in height.
3' - 4' Spread 3' - 4' Spread
Mature Spread
The Emerald Arborvitae has a spread of about 3' - 4' at full maturity.
Slow Growth Slow Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This arborvitae does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Emerald Arborvitae grows in acidic, loamy, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained soils.
Pyramidal Shape Pyramidal Shape
Shape
This arborvitae has pyramidal shape.
Attributes

A dense, narrow pyramidal tree with short ascending branches to the ground which end in flat, spreading, horizontal sprays; usually one trunk, but multiple trunks may occur. Useful as a specimen or accent, good for hedges, shelter-belts, commonly used as a foundation plant. Requires deep, well-drained soil; thrives in marshy loam; needs full sun; tolerant of pruning and limestone soils. Once established, will take considerable heat and drought.

Description

Shimmering emerald green foliage. Great for hedges or screens. Narrow, pyramidal form. Attractive in all seasons.

History/Lore/Use

The name arborvitae, is a Latin form of the French, "l'arbre de vie," which means, "tree of life." Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who assigned the Latin name to this species, picked up on other traits. The genus name, Thuja, is from a Greek word for perfume. Squeezing the evergreen leaves releases an aroma that is nothing less than nature's perfume.

The native North American tree, America Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), was useful in early canoes and medicines and became the first North American tree to be introduced to Europe. The specific name, occidentalis, means "west," the direction from Sweden where this tree was discovered.

Leaves

Bright, lustrous green foliage that does not discolor in winter like other arborvitae.