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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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Containers
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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Installation
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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Emerald Green Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'

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Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the thickest evergreens you can plant. The hedge creates a neat, crisp look that hardly needs pruning. Also known as Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd', this dense evergreen hedge holds its rich colors and sturdy form throughout the seasons, making it an excellent hedge choice. This evergreen hedge is slow growing with brilliant green foliage. This highly adaptable tree also thrives in the hotter and more humid climates of the Southeast, making it a popular hedge in that region as well as the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast.
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A finished 6-foot InstantHedge of Emerald Green arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') planted in biodegradable cardboard container and ready to ship.

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This finished hedge row of Emerald Green arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') stretches as far as the eye can see.

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This finished hedge row of Emerald Green arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') stretches as far as the eye can see.

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A row of Emerald Green arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') that are being grown to nearly 6' high at the InstantHedge field.

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Emerald Green (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') foliage is the most naturally-dense of all the arborvitae.

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This finished hedge row of Emerald Green arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd') stretches as far as the eye can see.

Quick Guide

Emerald green arborvitae growing region
There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing Emerald Green Arborvitae for your next hedge:
  • Keeps its deep emerald color through the winter
  • Emerald Green arborvitae tolerates dry spells once it is established
  • An especially great shrub for taller privacy hedges or screens
  • Ideal for small yards and other tight areas

Thuja occidentalis Smaragd Details

With a narrow pyramidal habit, Emerald Green Arborvitae has a great natural shape for hedging and also responds well to regular pruning.

Emerald Green is disease resistant and easy to grow, making it a popular low-maintenance hedge.

The Emerald Green Arborvitae performs well in a variety of soil and weather conditions, including snow and ice. Even the coldest of winters, the tree maintains its shape and color.

Its rich foliage and attractive narrow form make the tree an excellent choice to plant in a row for a formal screen.

Emerald Green Arborvitae prefers loamy, well-drained soil with consistent moisture.

The common name of arborvitae, or “tree of life”, comes from the early settlers in North America who learned from Native Americans that the tree’s foliage, sap, bark and twigs had medicinal properties.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
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Sun/Shade: Full Sun to light shade
Deer Resistance: No
Watering Requirements: Weekly, or more often in extreme heat
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 3’ width
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 9, 15 - 17 and 21 - 24; H1, H2
Pest/Disease Issues:
No major pest or disease issues. Leaf miner and spider mites, root rot and phytophthora are all possibilities.

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