PlantFiles: White Cedar, Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'
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Hardiness: USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 °C (-50 °F) USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 °C (-45 °F) USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
On Mar 21, 2011, virginiarose from Portsmouth, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Thuja Green Giant is the one that gets 40 feet tall, not the Emerald green, this gets 8-12 feet tall. Also I have heard this is the only Arborvitae that doesn't mind pruning. I have two in my corner garden and I do not plan on letting them get 12 feet, I will keep them around 6-8 feet tall. Very beautiful evergreen, easy to care for.
On Dec 27, 2010, velveteena from Seattle, WA wrote:
I give this plant a positive because it has survived the last three years in quite shady conditions, along with neglect in the area of watering. I now try harder in the summer. It's all good, though. I planted three as a screen near the road, but there is inadequate room if they get too huge. Then I'll report on attempts with pruning!
On Oct 9, 2008, cheesehead118 from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
Useful as a hedge, on corners, in the background, etc. In my experience, emeralds only get around 4' wide and 12' -15' tall. They grow moderately fast. Stays a nice green all winter here in TN. Problems sometimes occur when placed near a downspout in clay. They don't like to sit in water. Also, in the drought of 2007 here, lots of these died or nearly died. Some that survived have their south facing sides scorched and still remain brown. If it is dry in the summer, make sure to water these. They won't repair the browned/ dead areas. Also watch out for bag-worms. Because of the narrow growth, Emeralds are a very useful plant.
On Feb 21, 2008, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
According to the information that is posted for this plant it grows 40', the tag from the grower states 10-15' tall.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bear Valley Springs, California Longmont, Colorado Jasper, Georgia Goodings Grove, Illinois Niles, Illinois Overland Park, Kansas Dracut, Massachusetts Livonia, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Ozark, Missouri Saint James, Missouri Helena, Montana Nelson, New Hampshire Cliffside Park, New Jersey Society Hill, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Columbus, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Rockcreek, Oregon Salem, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Moore, South Carolina Thompson's Station, Tennessee Eagle Mountain, Texas Arlington, Virginia Portsmouth, Virginia Roanoke, Virginia Bainbridge Island, Washington Rosburg, Washington Seattle, Washington Merrimac, Wisconsin