Emerald Green Arborvitae

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  • Zones 3 - 8
  • Height 15 Feet
  • Spread 3 - 4 Feet
  • Full Sun

The Emerald Green Arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd', is a conifer evergreen that grows in a narrow pyramidal shape. It grows to be 15' tall and 3-4' wide and is easy to take care of. These are commonly used for windbreaks, privacy screens and borders. Emerald Green Arborvitae can be planted in the ground or in pots.

Emerald Green Arborvitae Care

These plants do best in full sun, although they can tolerate partial shaded areas.  The Emerald Green Arborvitae does best in well drained soil and should be watered thoroughly when planted and during droughts. The soil can dry out between water periods, but these are not drought resistant. For fertilizing, apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer in the spring to help promote healthy growth throughout the year. You can also fertilize again in the fall if you would like. Do not apply fertilizer when planting though.

Emerald Green Arborvitae Spacing

If you are using these as a privacy hedge, plant 3 feet apart center to center. Otherwise, plant Emerald Green Arborvitae at least 4 feet apart. These will grow 6 to 9 inches a year once established.

Emerald Green Arborvitae Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Flower Color(s): n/a
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s): Green
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Height: 15 Feet
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Habit: Narrow, Pyramidal
Watering: Medium
Features: Year-Round Evergreen Interest 
Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'
Common Name: Emerald Green Arborvitae

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

8 Reviews - Emerald Green Arborvitae Show Reviews

  • 5
    Great Plant...

    Posted by William Salemi on Aug 27, 2022

    Arrived fast , very expertly packaged

  • 2
    They werent llike between a foot and 2ft it was...

    Posted by Gitty Samuels on Jun 10, 2020

    They werent llike between a foot and 2ft it was less than a foot and actually for the same price every i purchase in home depot a much taller and wider mature tree. Sorry for the negative review the trees are still sitting in the bins they came in.

  • 5

    Posted by Zenmstr on Mar 28, 2019

    I wanted to have some privacy and a wind block around my patio and hot tub area. I also have a grill in this area, so protection from the wind helps quite a bit. We live in South Dakota, so its quite windy most of the time. Very happy with the shrubs when they arrived in the mail. So far the bushes are doing great (ordered last fall). It appears these survived the winter as well, and stayed green the entire time!

  • 1

    Posted by Angry Customer on Mar 23, 2019

    I ordered 1 of these plants. For the price, I was expecting something much larger. I am not happy and will not be buying from you again!

  • 5

    Posted by Grace on Oct 10, 2018

    Happy with my purchase. Will recommend to my friends!

  • 5

    Posted by Mason on Oct 07, 2018

    I planted 5 of these as a privacy hedge that works all year long. The plants arrived in about a week and in great shape. Couldn't be happier about my purchase.

  • 5
    I have a shopping problem

    Posted by Julie E on Sep 15, 2017

    Great plants, should be easy to grow and maintain. I joined the loyalty program too and got some money off for my next order! My husband might need to hide the credit card from me! haha

  • 5

    Posted by Mike H on Sep 08, 2017

    I love how these look for hedges and wanted to grow one in my yard for some natural privacy. These were a little smaller than I anticipated, so hopefully they will grow fast. They did arrive in good health, just smaller than what I was hoping for the price.