Sunday, September 6, 2015

Emerald Green Arborvitae One Year Growth Before and After

I got this Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green' arborvitae on sale at Lowe's late last summer. It didn't put on any new growth until this Spring. When it did start growing, it really took off (relatively speaking). It's slow growing so it's hard to tell just by looking at it, but looking back to photos from when it was first put in, it's obvious that it has been filling out.

When I got it, the leader at the top was brown so I snipped it off. Using this point as the old 'top' I put the ruler on top of the cut leader, and see that this Emerald Green has put on about 7 inches of vertical growth this year.

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'
I put the ruler on top of the old leader that I cut off, and this shows I have about 7 inches of new stringy growth

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green'
The overall shape and color has filled out this summer, so I think it's finally rooted in and growing nicely.
emerald green 1 season growth
September 21, 2014 (before) to September 6, 2015 (after)
It's so handy to take an obscene number of photos of your own yard, because then when you want to dig one out of the archives to compare a year later, you have it! It is definitely a lot fuller, but it will still be a few years before it actually blocks the view of my neighbor's patio.

I'm still very pleased with the placement, when it's full grown it will just about fill this whole planter - and it's far enough away from the house that it shouldn't knock into the gutter on the roof.

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