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Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae) 'Emerald' rate of growth.

Posted by kutsyy 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 1:37


We are looking to create a hedge/screen on the north side of the fence. Ideally it should be 12'-15' high and 3'-4' wide. We are near Palo Alto and our sunset zone is 15-16 (we are on the border). The place gets full sun in the summer, but in the winter the fence will block the sun.

One of the plant we are thinking is Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae) 'Emerald' but I am concerned about the rate of grough. If we would plant 6' tall plant (15 gal) how long would it take to get to 10'?

We were also recommended Prunus caroliniana but I am not sure I like it. Italian cypress is also an option we are looking at. Any other recommendations?



Here is a link that might be useful: Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae) 'Emerald'

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RE: Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae) 'Emerald' rate of growth.

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 6, 13 at 14:47

P. caroliniana gets considerably wider than 3-4' unless you plan to trim it regularly, and there is a spot-hole disease that can make them shabby looking. Reseeding can be a problem when they mature, as well.

I would look at some of the fastigate junipers. They are quite fast and much smaller than mature Thuja or Italian Cypress. Italian Cypress will want to get much, much larger than your requirements.

Here is a link that might be useful: blue arrow juniper, for example

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