June 2004
Emerald Green Arborvitae
This one grew two feet in four years.


Emerald Green Arborvitae
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Facts at a Glance
Thuja occidentalis -
'Emerald Green'

Planted 1997-2002
Smallest tree
Planting height: 1'
Largest tree planting height: 5'

2006 Update
Smallest now: 5'
Largest now: 8'

Mature Height: 15'+
Spread: 4'+
Growth rate: Moderate
Form: Pyramidal
Flowers: Cones
Fall color: Evergreen
Hardiness zone: 3 - 8
Culture: Full sun

Best feature:
Useful as a privacy screen

Worst problem:
Die easily

Do over? No

My First Real Blog is About Dead Trees


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'Emerald Green' Arborvitae


Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver


September 2005: Many little creatures find homes here.


And a neighbor drops by sometimes.


In winter, we have to knock the snow off the trees in an attempt to prevent damage to the shape of the trees.



We've not been diligent in keeping snow at bay.


So I tied the branches together.


In May, 2005, I tied the multiple trunks together in two places, planning to remove the rope in fall. But a fall snowstorm doused me with the reality that the snow season was already upon us. I left the ropes all winter.


This is what the ropes looked like by spring -- March 2006.


April 2006: The ropes did not work. Time to replace this tree.


See the arborvitae growth chart for size comparisons.


April 2006: The October Glory red maple shades the play area, and the arborvitae too.


Two of my arborvitae turned brown
over the winter and died. I figured
this would happen eventually. I planted
too many trees along the back
border in a desperate attemt for
privacy: the October Glory red maple
and several arborvitae. When the maple
was small, this made perfect sense to
me. But now that she's big, and
shading everything in sight, those arbs
don't have a chance. Besides the
shade, maple trees soak up a lot
of water and nutrients from the
soil. Somebody had to win here;
I knew it would be the maple.
(Next time I will think more about
the future. I have learned SO much
about trees since I started out.)


Holes where the arborvitae used to be.
What will I replace this hedge with? I'm
looking for an evergreen that will grow
to 5 feet tall, and can withstand competition
from the maple in terms of shade and sustenance. Hmm. Have an idea? Send me Tree-Mail.


See what I mean by multiple trunks? Next project: figure out how long it takes for the trunks to decompose.


Even this one (which is the stump of the rightmost dead arborvitae in the top left picture) has a multiple trunk system. If you look closely at the stump picture, you can see growth rings forming in multiple areas within the larger circle.


See my arborvitae detailed facts page for a guide to choosing quality arborvitae trees. Hint: Single leader! (Like the ones in the picture of my neighbor's arborvitae.) No multiple trunks! (Like mine.)

See Julie's Arborvitae growth chart
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