Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'
Common Name: emerald cedar, eastern white cedar
Family Name: Cupressaceae
Origin: Canada - eastern, Garden origin, U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Conifer
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Fastigiate, Stiffly upright
Form: Columnar
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Hedge row, Screening, Sheared hedge
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Scale-like, Opposite, Imbricate, Leathery, Glabrous, Rhomboidal, Entire
Flowers: n/a (male cone), Yellow, Brown, Apr-May
Fruit: Cone (winged seeds), Brown, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Compact, columnar, fine-textured evergreen commonly used as a hedge; leaves scale-like, glossy dark green, very fine texture, thread-like, on fan-shaped branchlets that may be vertically oriented (compared fo pyramidal cedar which has more horizontally oriented branchlets with thicker, lighter dull-green scale leaves).