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Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
The Emerald Arborvitae is a conifer that requires minimal care. Gardeners often plant several Emerald Arborvitae in a line to make a hedge. Superior to another arborvitae, the Emerald Arborvitae keeps its beautiful color all year. The tree sheds snow and ice for wintertime appeal.
Hardy Zones Where They Grow
The Emerald Arborvitae grows from USDA Hardy Zone 3 to Zone 8. These zones include almost the entire continental United States, with a few exceptions. The tree tolerates heat well once established. Keep it watered during times of drought. A cold-hardy tree, it can tolerate temperatures as low as -40° Fahrenheit. To protect against cold, consider mulching around the root zone.
The Emerald Arborvitae grows as high as fifteen feet tall. Twelve or more feet tall is more common. Once established, expect the arborvitae to produce six to nine inches each year.
The Emerald Arborvitae grows between three to four feet wide.
The Emerald Arborvitae grows in many soil types. These soil types include acid, fertile, sandy, loamy, and silty loam soil. Be sure that soil is well-drained.
Bloom Color and Season
The Emerald Arborvitae is not known for its blooms. The understated brown flowers appear in the spring.
When used as a privacy hedge, plant the Emerald Arborvitae three feet apart, center to center. This allows the foliage to fuse and create a continuous screen. To plant a screen nine feet in length, buy three arborvitae trees. To plant a screen thirty feet in range, buy ten arborvitae trees. Planted close together, the arborvitae also makes a good windbreak or border. The arborvitae grows well in pots for portable privacy. Plant farther apart than three feet to show off the conical shape of the Emerald Arborvitae.
The Emerald Arborvitae foliage stays emerald green in all seasons. The foliage shimmers in breezes; the tree sways with the wind. A conical tree, the cone tapers gently from the base to the point. The tree is sometimes trimmed to a hedge with flat sides and top. Crushing the foliage releases a pleasant fragrance. Birds, including chickadees, grosbeaks, and nuthatches, feed on the cones.
Nourish the Emerald Arborvitae in the spring with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Apply a light feeding in the fall if desired. Although the tree requires no pruning, it does prune well. Allow rain to water the tree unless the soil dries. In that case, water entirely once a week. Always water during drought to protect the greenery. The Emerald Arborvitae prefers full sun and needs at least four hours of full sun.
Arborvitae, a Latin word, means tree of life. The French often called it l’arbre de vie, which also means tree of life. The Native Americans employed their foliage to treat scurvy.