Emerald Green Arborvitae

All About the Emerald Green Arborvitae:

Scientific Nomenclature: Thuja occidentalis

Common Names: emerald green arborvitae, Eastern white cedar, Northern white cedar

                Varietal: 'Smaragd' 

Mature Height: 40–60 feet

Mature Spread: 10–15 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Birds and mammals

Messiness: Tiny cones can be seen on the tree in spring, and they drop by summer. Bark exfoliates on mature individuals.

Shape: Pyramidal

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Prefers moist to well-drained clay and loam. Prefers neutral (6.0–8.0pH) or alkaline (>8.0pH) soils.

Screening: Ideal for use as a screening/privacy plant.

Drought Tolerance: Does not tolerate drought well at all.              

Coniferous or Deciduous: Coniferous tree

Pruning: Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring when the tree is mostly dormant. Should be done to maintain the form of the cultivar and remove deadwood.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one emerald green arborvitae will:

  • Sequester ~493 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 111 gallons.