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

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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

EMERALD GREEN ARBORVITAE GROWTH CHART

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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Eight arborvitae in the sideyard were planted in fall of 2002, and are pictured here in summer of 2003.

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May 2005: Two years later, there's not much difference in height.

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The slow rate of growth could be a result of constant stress from overloaded and salted snow from the neighbor's driveway, shown here in January 2005. (It is no fault of theirs; this is the only logical place to put the snow.)

 

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June 2004 The shorter trees
were 1 foot tall when planted in
1998. In 2004, they were
about 5 feet tall. The
taller trees were 5 feet
tall when planted. In 2004,
they were 7 feet tall.

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May 2006 The rate of growth for the smaller trees is much faster than that of the taller ones. Smaller trees were each one foot tall when planted from 1-gallon containers. Taller trees averaged 4.5 feet tall at planting time, and were all planted from burlap balls.

But the real problem is that I bought arborvitae that have multiple trunks, instead of searching for ones with one single leader. Look how my trees have lost their shape over the years! Yuck! (If I lived in an area with little or no snow, this might not be a concern, but here in New Jersey, it is clear to me now that multiple leader arborvitae are to be avoided.)

 

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Planted in 1999, above: This tree was five feet tall when planted in a full-sun location in 1999.

June 2004, right: Four years later, it had grown to seven feet tall. In fall of 1997, I planted a one-foot arborvitae in full sun. Seven years later, that one measured six feet tall. Another one-footer planted in 1997 in a partial shade location measured 4.5 feet tall after seven years.

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