Emerald Green Arborvitae-Thuga occidentalis ‘Smaragd’
Hardy in zones 3 through 8.
All pyramidal Arborvitae are not created equal! Some look similar but they grow and perform over time very differently. There are two upright, pyramidal Arborvitae that I really like because the look great, and over time they perform exactly as you expect them to. They are very different and should be used in different situations. One is Techney arborvitae, also known as Mission Arborvitae and I’ll post some info and photos on Techney in a few days.
The other is Emerald Green Arborvitae, also known as ‘Smaragd’ and that’s the one I am featuring on this page.
Emerald Green Arborvitae is an excellent plant, a great choice when looking for a narrow, upright evergreen that doesn’t get too tall. This evergreen has an interesting color. Instead of the really dark green color that many arborvitae have, this plant is a lighter green with what appears to be a bit of a gold tinge to the foliage.
Many upright arborvitae grow so fast that they grow so tall, that before long they are hooping over and growing away from the house. During the winter months when the snow clings it will pull them almost to the ground. If they are grown with multiple leaders as many are, they open up, spread apart and look absolutely terrible.
I’ve never seen Emerald Green do that. It just doesn’t get tall enough for that to happen. Look at the Emerald Green Arborvitae in these photos. As close as I can tell these plants are over 15 years old. Yet they are only about 10′ tall. That’s what makes Emerald Green unique to so many other upright arborvitae.
Rooted cuttings and liners of Emerald Green Arborviate are hot, hot, hot sellers. In Our Members Area Other Growers are often looking for Emerald Green rooted cuttings and liners. In my nursery this is plant is a great seller because most people buy them in quantities of 5, 10, 15, 30 or more because they use them as a privacy screen.
This plant can be grown as sold as a rooted cutting, as a liner, and a two or three year old liner, sold in one gallons, three gallon or even seven gallon containers. Excellent plant to grow and sell a home.
A liner is a rooted cutting that has been grown out for one year. It’s a bit larger than a rooted cutting, is starting to branch out and it has a much stronger root system.
To grow liners all you have to do is plant the rooted cuttings in a bed, much like any other garden, and it’s always a good idea to mulch them so the soil stays cooler and more moist. Keep the bed weeded and that;s really all you have to do. When you want to sell you just dig them up, pack them in a box with moist roots, dry tops and off they go. You never have to meet a customer in person.
I sell these like crazy at $5.97 each. And if I wanted to I could easily sell them wholesale. People are always looking for Emerald Green Arborviate.
This is one of those plants that I never get ahead on because people buy them as fast as we grow them. And when I run out, I do like every other wholesale grower or retail seller on the planet, I go looking for some that I can buy.
When Our Members have their Very First Plant Sale they first they say after the first day of selling is; “I need more plants!” Then they go to out Buy/Sell Area of the Backyard Growers Business Center looking for things they can buy.
Emerald Green Arborvitae are narrow, and the closer to the top the narrower they get. Planted in a single row you would have to plant them about 24″ on center to get a nice, full hedge, and even then because they are quite narrow at the top, it still is not likely to be a complete screen that can’t be seen through.
In these photos the Emerald Green Arborvitae are actually planted in a double row and staggered. They appear to be planted about 30″ to 36″ apart, then the back row has the same spacing but is staggered to fill in the gaps. This makes for a very tight screen that you cannot see through.
In this situation had the homeowner used another faster growing arborvitae this planting would be a mess by now. The plants would be all opened up and the tops would be leaning over. During the winter months the situation would be worse.
For about 20 years I spent a great deal of time re-landscaping homes. During that time I re-landscaped over 500 homes. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we ripped out really tall arborvitae that were completely concealing the front of the house, leaning over and just plain looking bad. In almost every case inside of the plants we found fence posts and wire holding the plants together and the stakes attempting to hold the plants upright. That’s why I am very picky about which arborvitae that I will use in or recommend for a landscape.
These things sell like crazy and there are people in your home town that would love to buy these as small plants.
Here’s the problem. A nice 36″ Emerald Green Arborvitae will easily sell for $20.00 or more. A lot more depending on where you live. Ten plants? That’s $200 or more. Some people can afford that, many cannot. That’s why we need more people like you growing and selling small plants to people in your local area. They would love you for that.
No selling involved. When you grow and sell small plants from home, you don’t have to do any selling. As soon as people find out that you are growing small plants they immediately want to see what you have for sale. It’s very common for people to drive 50 miles or more to buy from our Backyard Growers!
Emerald Green Arborvitae is easy to propagate and easy to grow. You can root cuttings and sell them as soon as they are rooted! This is a great plant to grow at home and sell at a small size. They really do sell like crazy, as do most other plants.
These Emerald Green Arborvitae were just potted. I left them in the propagation bed for just about a year. I fertilized them with a slow release this spring to fatten them up a bit before potting. I’m posting these pics to show the progress from potting to becoming a nice pyramidal evergreen.