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Arborvitae Trees And Shrubs

Arborvitaes are evergreens providing you with a rich green or variegated color tones. This family group does well in southern states. The trees provide a wonderful back drop for privacy in any garden project.


Globe Arborvitae

The Globe Arborvitae is a shrub. It has a round, global shape. This shrub will grow three to five feet tall and about two to four feet wide. A wonderful shrub to incorporate with some deciduous shrubs. Putting the Globe in a group of three to five in front of some flowering Quince, or a group of of Winged Euonymus gives a landscaped area, a whole new look.

The Globe shrub will with stand some drought conditions and will do well in the sun. Surprisingly, these plants do well in warm climates during the summer. Require normal watering. The Globe as well as other Arborvitaes do well in clay, sandy, and rocky soil.

Golden Globe

Golden Globe Arborvitae

The Golden Globe is very similar to the Globe. It grows the three to five feet tall and two to four feet wide. The golden has variegated yellow and green leaves.

This is a nice shrub to include along the front of your house. You can stagger some throughout your other plants, or add a row of them across the front of the foundation. The Golden Globe looks really nice next to an Indian Hawthorn, Blue Owl Juniper, or a Standing Yew.

Emerald Green

Emerald Green Arborvitae

The Emerald Green is considered a small tree. It grows ten to twenty feet tall and three to five feet wide. The Emerald green is an upright small tree. It can take full sun but also partial shade. Grows well in zones three through seven.

The Emerald Green can be planted in a straight row or can be staggered in an odd number. Plant anywhere from five to seven feet apart. Make sure you plant them at least one to two feet from the foundation. Use the Emerald Green for privacy instead of a wall or fence.

These trees look striking with variegated shrubs such as a Lemon Thread Cypress, or a Golden Euonymus. Their rich color will accent any deciduous plant also.

Question From Bill, Mystic, Connecticut (The devastating Hurricane that hit the Northeast)

Sandy flooded our yard and our 4 year old arborvitaes (about 4 feet tall) turned brown and brittle. Our 20 year old arborvitae hedge also turned brown, but there is some green remaining. I called a local tree expert company. He inspected and injected high concentrate N2 fertilizer on both hedges. The newer 4' lot is still very brown and brittle. I would call them gone. I am over watering the older hedge and the limited growth is still there. The "expert" gave us a 60/40 chance of recovery and recommend we give them 6 months. Is there anything else we can do?

Morton, From New Zealand Response

I am no expert but if that happened to me I'd rip them out and re plant. You will get a hedge back a lot quicker.

Hi Bill,

Herbee and I were very sorry to hear about your hedge and tree problem. I am glad to know you are alright from the powerful storm that hit your geographic area.

As a landscaper, and with Herbee's knowledge, this is a tough question. For one reason, without examining the trees. To me, the 4 year old specimens may have a better chance of survival. Even though 20 year old hedges are well established, the concentration of salt in the soil may have harmed the root system.

One option before you make your decision, is to have your soil tested. This plant family is versicle to all varieties of soil conditions. All members of the family like a little acid base, and alkaline soil. Once the results come back, you can decide if it is worth saving the trees.

The advantage you have is that this plant family is a fast grower. Morton provides this option with pulling out the hedges and replanting. Our recommendation at this time is to check the condition of your soil first. You can wait six months as stated my the local tree expert. At that time if there is no improvement, put new hedges in before the colder weather sets in. Bill, please keep us updated on what you decide. The best to you, and once again, happy you are alright after Hurricane Sandy.


Degroots Arborvitae

The Degroots is similar to an Emerald Green, but skinnier in width. It grows ten to twenty feet tall but is only one to two feet wide. Great for a narrow space and also a nice backdrop for a small garden area.

It can take full sun but will also do well in part shade. This small tree does well in zones three through seven and will with stand cold temperatures. Porky likes using the Degroots in the background and adding a few Ruby Loropetalum, and some variegated dwarf Boxwoods. A great option if the Emerald Greens are two wide.


Rheingold Arborvitae

The Rheingold is a handsome variegated shrub. It grows three to four feet high, and two to three feet wide. Good in zones three through eight. This shrub is also shaped like a globe. Does well in full sun but can take some part shade. Wonderful accent plant. Looks really nice next to a Cleyera, Tea Olive (Osmanthus) or any solid small tree or shrub.

This specimen is a superb specimen for privacy, and a great substitute for a Leyland Cypress. Winter months when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, the Rheingold will have a tendency to turn a brown color. You may notice it more in the center of the plant.


Holmstrup Arborvitae

The Holmstrup is an upright shrub. This shrub will grow four to six feet high and two to three feet wide. The Holmstrup will grow in zones three through eight. Will take full sun or partial shade.

This is a great hedge shrub if you are looking for a small privacy area. Great in any garden project and is low maintenance. Some accent plants to go around the Holmstrup, are Abelias, Golden Thread Cypress, Barberry, Azaleas, or Nandinas.

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