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True to its name, the evergreen Emerald Green cedar is a beautiful landscaping jewel of a tree that serves as a stand-alone burst of breathtaking color or as an aligned tight-growing hedge. Belonging to the Cupressaceae family, the Thuja Occidenalis “Smaragd” (the latter epithet being the Dutch word for “emerald") is native to most of the central and upper northeastern United States. Due to its lush jade-green color, its symmetrical and narrowly pyramidal structure, and its respective hardiness, the Emerald Green is cultivated around the nation as a beloved ornamental tree. Grouped together, this species can also serve as an effective “living wall” privacy screen and as an enduring windbreaker. It is adaptably planted as a spectacular accent tree, as an anchor tree for lawn corners, or even within large decorative pots to flank and brighten a doorstep.

Apart from its visual appeal, the Emerald Green has a number of advantages. Easily grown individually or in a formal row, this tree demands very little pruning or care. It maintains its shape and proximity due to its tight-growing thick habit. Non-flowering, the Emerald Green’s beauty is due to its year-round retention of soft and brilliant green foliage. This tree thrives in medium, well-drained soils, ideally exposed to full sun to partial shade. A mature tree can grow up to 12-14 ft. with a modest 3-4 ft. spread.

Extremely hardy and generally impervious to pollution, humidity, and heat, this species boasts a 2-7 hardiness zone rating. Its bark varies in color from gray-brown to red-brown, and is characterized by shallow grooves. When cut, the Emerald Green’s stem gives off a faint yet extremely pleasant and zesty citrus-like aroma; holiday wreaths made of its branches enchant all the senses. The Emerald Green has a tolerance to the cold that, paired with its low maintenance style and its small narrow build, often makes it the obvious choice as an evergreen decorative tree.

Photos Paul Wray, Iowa State,

Photos Richard Web,

This Tree's Zone: 2 to 7

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FoliageBright green
Fall FoliageEvergreen
ShapeNarrowly pyramidal
SunFull sun to part shade
Size12 to 14 Feet
Spread3 to 4 Feet
Soil TypeMedium, well drained