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Emerald Green Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'

231 reviews

  • Emerald Green Arborvitae
  • Emerald Green Arborvitae
  • Emerald Green Arborvitae
  • Emerald Green Arborvitae

Ready to cultivate your own privacy fence or lush screen of greenery? The Emerald Green Arborvitae is the go-to. Easy to grow and sized perfectly, these hedge trees are ideal for tight areas.

  • Cold hardy
  • Adaptable to a variety of soil conditions
  • One of the thickest evergreens you can plant
Regular price $29.95 Sale price

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  • 5-6 ft. 11% Off
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Product Details

Mature Height: 8-12 ft.
Mature Width: 3-4 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Moderate
Botanical Name: Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'
Does Not Ship To: AZ
Grows Well In Zones: 3-8 outdoors
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      3-8 outdoors

Growing Zones: 3-8 outdoors

(hardy down to -30℉)

Product Description

Perfect Height for Privacy, Even in Small Spaces

Why Emerald Green Arborvitaes?

Ready to cultivate your own privacy fence or lush screen of greenery? The Emerald Green Arborvitae is the go-to. Easy to grow and sized perfectly, these hedge trees are ideal for tight areas. And their shimmering emerald color and disease resistance make them extremely popular.

The Emerald is your best choice for a medium-sized privacy screen. Just plant these amazing hedges in groupings for a tidy, neat look that never needs trimming. The Emerald Green Arborvitae is perfect for planting next to foundations or other tight areas where you need an attractive evergreen accent tree that grows hassle-free.

And the Arborvitaes are exceptional performers, adaptable to a variety of soil conditions and weather extremes. That means you won't have to deal with ugly browning, even in the coldest of winters, or unattractive dead spots and holes.

Why is Better

Your Emerald Green is one of the thickest evergreens you can plant, so it forms a solid privacy fence that you'll never have to prune. And once it's established, it thrives on rainfall alone.

That means virtually no upkeep for you.

Because your Emerald Green is a proven performer, grown at our nursery for best results, there's no guesswork in growing.

Adaptability and versatility are key when it comes to the Emerald Green. The possibilities are endless, making the Emerald Green Thuja an extremely popular hedge tree. Order your own Emerald Green privacy today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Emerald Green Thujas grow best in full sun, but they can withstand partial shade (afternoon sun is best in this case). And for best results, plant these trees six feet apart to enjoy their pyramid shape or four feet apart for a dense hedge.

When planting Emerald Green Thujas, dig a hole that is just as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. If the top of the root ball is lower than the surrounding soil, remove the tree and fill in part of the hole. Replace the tree and fill in the hole with the same soil you removed. You do not need to add anything to the soil. Mulch around the tree with shredded hardwood mulch. A layer three inches thick, extending three feet, around the tree is ideal.

Water your new tree by counting to 20 while holding the hose near the trunk or give the tree five watering cans full of water.

2. Watering: Water your new tree weekly or twice weekly by holding a hose around it and counting to 20.

After the first month, water just once a week unless it is dry and hot (no rain and temperatures above 80 degrees). If it is hot and dry, water twice a week.

After the first six months, the trees will be established and subsist on rainfall alone.

3. Pruning: The Emerald Green Thuja grows well without pruning. In fact, this is one tree that needs no pruning, other than to remove dead branches. If you do decide to hedge this tree, make sure that when you trim, the bottom of the tree is wider than the top.

4. Fertilizing: This tree does not need extra fertilizer. If the leaves are not the right color, the problem is likely the soil pH. Test the pH and add aluminum sulfate if the pH is too high, and lime if the pH is too low. Normal pH is between 5.5-7.0.

Questions & Answers

Emerald Green Arborvitae Spacing

Plant one every 4 to 5 feet and they quickly create a dense barrier. For example, if you want Emerald Greens spread across an area approximately 50 feet in width, you’ll plant one every 4 to 5 feet. 

Planting the Emerald Green Thuja

Generally, we recommend planting Emerald Green in the spring or fall – as long as the ground isn’t frozen, you’re good to grow.

Dig a hole for each tree that is two to three times as wide as the root ball but just as deep. You don’t need to add anything to the planting hole. Place the tree and fill in around the tree with the same soil you took out when initially digging the hole. Finally, tamp down as you fill to cut back on any air pockets from forming, water the tree, then mulch to conserve moisture in the area.

When Do I Water My Emerald Green Thuja?

For the first two weeks, water your new tree every other day by holding a hose around it for about 20 seconds. If you don’t have a hose, one or two large watering cans will suffice.

After that, switch to watering every three days with the same method mentioned above. 

Once the first month has passed, water once a week unless it is dry and hot (no rain and temperatures above 80 degrees). 

And finally, after the first six months, your trees should be established and won’t need any extra water. Natural rainfall in your area should be sufficient at this stage, provided you aren’t experiencing drought conditions.

How Do I Prune My Emerald Green Thuja?

You don’t have to prune Emerald Greens; however, you can trim once a year to your desired height. We recommend pruning in the fall and trimming with clean shears, making symmetrical cuts at a 45-degree angle.

Left unpruned, Emerald Greens planted in rows can reach as high as 15 to 20 feet. However, most homeowners keep their Emerald Greens trimmed to around 12 feet.

Shipping Details

Shipping Alert:

You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3 & 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

Zone Map
Growing Zone Shipping Resumes
Zones 3 & 4 Week of May 3rd
Zones 5 - 11 Ships Now!

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $13.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99.00-$128.99 $29.95

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I recommend this product
Second time buying 10 arborvitae...First 10 I paid the extra $20 guarantee for a year and they were packaged in a long box lined up next to one another. The second 10 I thought I was paying for the guarantee, but clearly I did not. The trees came in a smaller box, one on top of the other and the trees were smaller. They still look healthy and I have high hopes.

Both orders came with healthy looking plants and they were carefully packed, albeit in a different manner. I am very pleased with the cost, the user friendly site, and my overall experience. I pray that all 20 trees grow well whether or not paying the extra fee for a guarantee. I suspect that the bigger the sapling, the greater the chance for survival and adaptation.

Greg Y.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Very nice looking tree

Quick ship, packaged securely, tree has been in the ground for two weeks.

United States United States
I recommend this product
They are doing fine.

Good packaging, directions on how to plant, water and care.

Michelle F.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Love these trees!!

The boxes were pretty damaged when they arrived, but the trees inside were fine. They are in the ground and we love them!!

Sharon A.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Very pleased with this company. Trees arrived packed perfectly, bright green & healthy. Can't wait to watch them grow. No complaints.