The Green arborvitae or 'Thuja occidentals'
The Green arborvitae or ‘Thuja occidentals’

The Green arborvitae or ‘Thuja occidentals’ is just one of a number of varieties widely used in landscaping. While the green arborvitae is widely used as a hedging or screening plant, other varieties have good landscaping applications.

The Green arborvitae is a fast growing variety at a rate of 4-5 ft year in good conditions. Green Arborvitae will reach 30 – 35 ft and as a tall screening plant is highly regarded.

Natural growth habit of Green arborvitae or ‘Thuja occidentals’ is to form a nice tight pyramid, and Green Arborvitae do well in full sun and cope with a range of soil conditions including damp areas.

Foliage can yellow in winter in cold areas. Look for Globe Arborvitae a dwarf cultivar that will reach only 4 -5 ft depending on cultivar and conditions.


General Care

Best grown in full sun to part shade arborvitae are a fairly hardy tree and once established require little extra care. The green arborvitae if prefered in colder climates to other conifer species.


Regular pruning will maintain a good size and shape. It also prolongs life and by removal of any dead or diseased wood prevents problems form occurring later on.


  • Yellowing of Emerald Green Arborvitae.
    This is symptomatic of root problems caused by poor drainage.
  • Leaf drop
    A small amount of leaf drop in fall is usual. If the leaves are brown at other times of the year, check for spider mite.
  • Brown foliage in summer
    This can be leaf scorch
  • Split trunk
    This can be caused by sudden freezes


  • Arborvitae Berckmans Gold
  • Blue Cone
  • Compacta Oriental
  • Danica Globe
  • Daniellow
  • Degroots Spire ( a columnar form)
  • Elegantissima
  • Emerald Green
  • Golden Globe (nice yellow tinge to the foliage),
  • Filiformis (thread leaf arborvitae),
  • Smaragd,
  • Techny
  • Woodwardii

Where to buy

You can buy arborvitae trees from the following nurseries

LAKE COUNTY PINES – phone 847-487-7408
29685 N Fairfield Road Grayslake Il 60030
Specializes in dwarf conifers and conifer trees.
Includes over 225 varieties of conifer trees many are dwarf conifers. Our conifer tree nursery also has potted dwarf shrubs. Most convenient dwarf conifer & conifer tree dealer to Chicago.