Thuja 'Emerald' Description
Hefty - 1 gal pots. Looking for the perfect 8' tall evergreen privacy Hedge Plant? Look no further than Emerald Thuja. This compact grower quickly forms a dense 8' tall evergreen screen!
This rapidly growing evergreen shrub can grow over 18" per year if given copious amounts of water and fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Thuja Emerald is also extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and will thrive in both sandy and heavy clay garden soils!
Emerald Arborvitae also has extremely fragrant foliage that makes wonderful cut branches for Holiday arrangements!
Create multi-seasonal color with Thuja Emerald as the perfect evergreen backdrop for long-blooming KnockOut Roses and Ornamental Grasses.
Thuja Emerald thrives in full sun to part shade and can easily be pruned to any desired height that the garden design might require. I've even seen them planted in formal rose gardens on 18" centers to create that immediate 6' tall hedge.
A simple shearing once a year, in early spring, is all it takes to keep this colorful, adaptable, and fragrant evergreen shrub in bounds!
Emerald arborvitae even thrives in the intense heat and humidity of Atlanta, Georgia and can tolerate prolonged periods of drought after it becomes established!
Thujas or Arborvitaes are more drought tolerant than Leyland Cypress with denser, more attractive foliage.
Special Features: Cold Hardy, Cut Foliage, Disease Resistant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Fall Color, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Winter Interest
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Thuja occidentalis Emerald
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8' x 3'
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Background, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Privacy, Screen, Specimen
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Soil: Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Tolerates somewhat wide range of soils and some dry conditions. Poorly drained and wet sites should be avoided, and it is very salt-sensitive.
Light: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Water: Keep moist, but do not overwater. Appreciates well-drained soil.
Spacing: 3 - 5 ft
Fertilizing: Top dress in spring with a slow release, balanced fertilizer.
Winterizing: Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones. Tolerates wind once established and withstands heavy ice or snow. Darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter. Note -- The oldest, interior branchlets on an arborvitae normally turn brown and fall off in autumn. This aging process is different from drought stress, which on arborvitae appears on the tree outside the interior foliage as an abnormal yellowing or browning, known as flagging. This discoloration may not appear until a season or two after the drought stress was most severe.
Maintenance & Pruning: Requires little or no pruning but can be sheared easily if necessary. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any die back.