When considering Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), one must keep in mind the quality of this plant. It can maintain its amazing green color throughout the year.
The emerald green foliage of this plant contains a distinctive narrow, pyramidal form makes the emerald arborvitae attractive in all the seasons. And unlike other arborvitaes, this plant keeps its bright color even in the cold winter months.
When considering hardiness zones, the emerald green arborvitae falls in the 3-7 range in the United States. And because it is classified as an evergreen tree, it keeps full-year round foliage for all to appreciate.
The emerald green arborvitae can provide privacy in the form of hedges with a pyramid shape at its top and a narrow body which illustrates its unique structure as a very hearty plant.
And when it comes to this plant's size at maturity, one must consider its height. These plants grow in a range of 10 feet to 15 feet in height. The spread of the emerald green arborvitae is 3 to 4 feet. When it comes to sun and shade preferences, this beautiful plant grows best in both partial shade and full sun. Ideally, this plant should receive four hours or more of direct sunlight to develop to its maximum potential. Concerning the type of soil that the emerald arborvitae grows well in, consider a loamy soil, that is rich, silty and sandy loam with grounds that are acidic.
Some of the attributes of this plant include its ability to produce an aromatic scent when the foliage is squeezed. Thuja, which is the plant's genus, is derived from there Greek word for perfume. The emerald green arborvitae can also be pruned and will not lose its bright color in harsh winter climates.
The seeds and buds of the emerald green arborvitae are sustenance for certain wildlife. The plant also provides cover for many birds.