Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Emerald Green Arborvitae-The Tree of Life

The Emerald Green Arborvitae tree is an evergreen tree, under the Thuja Occindentalis category. It is common to call it a conifer tree. The term Arborvitae has its roots in Latin, which means tree of life. The tree gets its name for the life-saving quality in the resins of the tree. The sap, bark and twigs of this tree also have contents used for various treatments. It is for these reasons that the tree has a high medicinal value and is in high demand in a nursery.

The tree belongs to the Cypress family of trees. The trees or the tall shrubs grow up to the height of about 12 to 15 feet and the spread of the trees is about 3 to 4 feet. The foliage of the tree consists of flat sprays and the scales cover the leaves. The foliage is soft and bright green. The leaves are more like needles in shape. The Evergreen Emerald are the slim trees that you can use to decorate your lanes in the parking areas or the streets.

Emerald Green Arborvitae trees are a good option for use as decorative trees and you can grow them in rows. People use these trees as the windscreens and privacy screens. You can use these trees for formal entrances. To achieve the effect, you must place the trees at least 2 to 3 feet away from each other, as the trees do not require large room footprints.

These narrow, pyramidal trees are bright and lustrous. They have deep green foliage that does not change color during winters. The trees grow with a moderate rate and have cold hardiness. They can tolerate the temperatures of about - 40° F. The tree is however susceptible to damage from ice and snow during extreme winters. The Emerald Green Arborvitae grows well in full sun however; part shade is also fine for their growth.

In case the trees are too big, you can prune them to meet your requirement. Time before spring is an ideal time to do so as the tree blooms during spring. The Emerald Green Arborvitae cannot tolerate drought conditions. You must water these plants well, especially during the summers. The tree grows without any problems in well-drained soil. The tree grows fine in an average type of soil but slightly acidic soil also works fine. It can, however tolerate a wide variety of soils. The tree prefers humid weather and rains at regular intervals.

Emerald Green Arborvitae tree has urn-shaped cones. The cones are slender and measure about half inch in length. The basic color of the cones is yellow green and they change color to reddish brown during autumn. The cones have about 6 to 8 overlapping layers. The tree grows widely in the northeastern regions of North America. In case an Emerald Green Arborvitae falls, the branches take roots in the ground. This is common in wet forests where the tree grows in abundance.

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