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"Emerald Green" Arborvitae


Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'  


Before & After Emerald Green Arborvitae (see more Before & After photos in our Before & After Photo Gallery)


         "Emerald Green" Arborvitae are the most popular Instant Privacy trees; suitable for both urban and rural areas.  They grow to a solid wall while only taking up a small amount of yard space, and are easy to maintain.  You can start small and let them grow, or have larger trees planted for "Instant Privacy".  



  This tree is on the Great Plant Picks list for the Pacific Northwest.   

Foliage:   Evergreen               

Mature Height:    15-18 ft.  Upward growth slows as they get taller.  Over many years they can get taller than 15'--we've seen them up to 17'; but they get there very, very slowly.                

Mature Width:     Usually determined by the spacing between trees in the row--, usually 2-3'.  Left on their own these trees can get to 3-4' wide after many years. 

Sunlight:  Full sun, partial sun; doesn't like shade.

Soil:.  Likes well-drained soil, but must be kept well watered when first planted.      

Growth Rate:  Slow, 6-9" a year once established, depending on growing conditions.       

"Instant Privacy" Use:  The most popular "Instant Privacy" tree because they don't take up much room, grow to a solid wall, and have beautiful foliage..   

"Instant Privacy" Spacing:  The rule of thumb is "2' centers", meaning the trunks of each tree are 2' apart.  So if you're trying to cover 20', you'd need 10 trees.  These trees can also be spaced wider than that--2.5' or even 3' centers in order to cut down on the cost (it is simply a matter of how long you wish to wait for a solid wall).      

What to Expect the First Year:  As with all newly-planted trees, these need to be watered carefully through the first Spring/Summer--see our "Care of Your Trees" section for more details.  There will be some small branches broken during transportation & installation--nothing to worry about and you can either cut those off or let them drop off.  Not much growth the first year because the tree is putting its efforts into its root system.

Comments:  Tight columnar form is a pleasing shape and look, and this tree holds its beautiful deep green color very well.  No pruning necessary, except to level the top of the row of trees if desired.  For more information see:  "Everything You Need To Know About Arborvitae" .  Thinking of buying small arborvitae?  You need to read the "Hedgerow Hedge Woe" article that describes why you don't want to start with small trees.

"Standard" vs. "Heavy"  vs "Extra Heavy--what's the difference?:  You will see below that we sell these trees in three grades:  "Standard", "Heavy" and "Extra Heavy".  The "Standard Grade" are nice, healthy trees; the "Heavy Grade" are wider, fuller, and weigh more than the "Standard Grade", and the "Extra Heavy" are wider and fuller yet..  Please see the photo below showing comparisons.


Sizes & Prices





Standard Grade--These are nice, healthy trees that will fill-out and grow as big as any of our other Emerald Green Arborvitae; you are just starting with a somewhat smaller, and less expensive, tree.  These trees are "B&B", "Balled & Burlapped".


      4-5' Standard B&B   $  55.00

     5-6' Standard B&B   $  75.00 

     6-7' Standard B&B   $105.00

                         or Potted    $105.00    



Please Note:  The below trees are only available if we also do the planting.  Why?


Heavy Grade.  These trees are "B&B", "Balled & Burlapped".

        6' Heavy      $ 105.00     

        7' Heavy      $145.00        

        8' Heavy      $195.00      

        9' Heavy      $255.00       

        10' Heavy     $325.00                              


Extra Heavy Grade.  These trees are "B&B", "Balled & Burlapped"; wider and heavier than the heavy grade.

        7' Heavy      $ 195.00       Limited Number Available


 "Speciman" Grade:  We have Emerald Green Arborvitae up to 18' tall.  Please contact us for prices and availability.


Emerald Green Arborvitae at our River Growing Fields


Delivery & Planting Available

          We deliver and plant these trees.  "Planting" includes a watering system, staking if necessary, and a one year warranty for no additional charge.  Our planting "Service Area" is the greater Puget Sound area of Western Washington: Bellingham, Mt. Vernon, Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Shoreline, Bothell, Seattle & the "East Side"--Bellevue, Woodinville, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc.--Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Tacoma, south to Olympia and all points in between; plus Highway 2 to Leavenworth & Wenatchee.  If you are not in this area, sorry but we will not be able to plant for you.  

        Click Here for more information about our planting services and/or see the "Advantages" section below.   


To Get Started


Please fill-out our Request for a Free Estimate form, or simply call or e-mail us.; 425-343-2650










Many more "Before & After" photos may be seen at our "Before & After Photo Gallery"








This Chart helps you easily compare mature sizes, growing conditions, etc.

for all of our privacy trees.








See our Trees Growing in the Fields!




We have a beautiful 8 minute drone video of our Snohomish tree farm

 with many of the trees identified.   Click here






Studies:  Trees Add Value to Property




Privacy Trees:  We are a nursery tree farm specializing in Privacy Trees for screening.  We sell retail & wholesale, for residential and commercial projects and we "deliver & plant" our trees.  Our most common project is planting a line of privacy trees for a homeowner.  We have several thousand privacy trees growing at our Snohomish farm.  Plus we have many years' experience in "what works where", professional planting services, ongoing support, and thousands of satisfied customers.  Buying directly from a grower has great advantages--fresh trees, great selection, and low prices--you maximize your purchasing power.  We also have privacy trees that are not available elsewhere, such as our "Hedged Privacy Trees" and "Thin Man" Arborvitae.  You can see our hedged and natural privacy trees in our beautiful 8 minute YouTube Farm Video.

Ornamental Trees:  We also have a nice selection of Ornamental Trees, with many of our trees being on the "Great Plant Picks" list for the Pacific Northwest.

Delivery & Planting:  We usually deliver & plant our trees for Customers.  Click here for more information.

Free Estimates:  We will help you determine which trees are right for your project, and provide you with free, no-obligation estimates.  This is often accomplished by e-mail and phone, usually first using our online Free Estimate Request Form.  Where necessary, we will send one of our experts out to review the project (no cost or obligation).  More information

Location:  We’re conveniently located just 15 minutes north of Woodinville.  We are a farm, not a retail nursery so we don't keep regular retail hours; instead we set up appointments so that we can focus on your project.  So please set-up an appointment instead of "just coming out".  Here's a link to our "Directions" page.

Covid-19 Precautions:  In accordance with the Governor's directives we have made some changes in the way we do things.  For a detailed break-down of these steps please see our "Covid-19 Precautions" webpage.

Payment:  We don’t require any money “up front”—you only pay when the job is completed (unusual exceptions to this are large/special projects or lengthy “holds” on trees).  Be careful of contractors asking for “up front” money; they might not come back!

 Warranty & Support:  When we plant your trees we include staking (if necessary), transplanting fertilizer, and an easy-to-use watering system that hooks into your garden hose.  More information.  We also give a one year Warranty on trees we plant, for no additional charge.  More information   We have a detailed “Care of Your Trees” section of our website, and provide ongoing support--we're available to answer your questions as your new trees grow.  More information 

Customer Service:  We pride ourselves on our Customer Service—real people answering the phone.  We have an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau (their highest rating), are an Angie's List Super Service Award winner, have excellent reviews on Yelp, Google, etc. and a 100% satisfaction rating with eBay. 


Our Business:  We’ve been in business since 1995 and have a dedicated, experienced staff, most of whom have been with us for many years.  See: "About Us" for our history.  We are a registered Washington State contractor (License Number: NURSEL*956J1).  More information   Be sure to hire a registered contractor  --  to go to the Department of Labor & Industries website to check a contractor's registration, click here.  As it says there:  "Unregistered contractors carry no bond or insurance to protect consumers.  Consumers can face serious issues if anything goes wrong on a job."   These liability risks are in addition to fraud, poor workmanship, worthless warranties, etc.  We are fully bonded and insured, of course.

 Customer Satisfaction:  Most important of all is what our customers think of us:

"I am really pleased with your work.  You saved me several thousand dollars, steered me away from trees that wouldn't work, provided healthy and beautiful trees, did a great job planting them, and did everything on time and on schedule.  You can quote me."                                                                          Jo, Vashon Island

"Our privacy bank of trees has done nothing but grow well into maturity.  Our back yard and deck area is totally private and the 10 trees your team planted [in 2005] are rich, leathery and dark green.  We remark on them every day it seems.  Please include me in any of your "Testimonials" as you would be hard pressed to find a more satisfied customer."                                                                                                                  Jim, Port Orchard

"For quality vs. value, your trees are the best landscape purchase I’ve ever made."    Jeff, Seattle

"Michael, I just wanted to pass along a note to tell you how thrilled I am with the trees.  The effect they have brought to our new courtyard in the front of our home here in Seattle has exceeded my expectations!"                                                                Chip Hanauer, Hydroplane Driver--Click Here to see his project.  

"I work in customer service so I know good service when I experience it and you have my top rating.  I would definitely recommend you to anyone who needs new landscaping.  Thanks again.”               Carol, Camano Island

"The [new] trees were a great privacy feature when we sold the last house!  We now have a much larger space we want to talk with you about . . "                                                                                   Katherine, Fall City

“My compliments to your crew.  We’ve had a lot of contractors working on our house recently and we’ve seen the entire range; and your guys were excellent. The trees make things look so much better—I started smiling as soon as I saw them going in."                                                                                    Holly, Queen Anne

"You guys are the best nursery I've ever done business with! And I have dealt with a few. You did what you said you would, on time with attention to detail rarely found. From the beginning of the quote process all the way through to the last detail you made it easy. And you work to ensure that the trees will thrive after planting with detailed advice, a complementary irrigation system, and a website filled with useful information. Most nurseries will just dump off the goods and tell you best of luck, put some water on them. You provide a quality product that sets you apart. Your crew was friendly, polite and operated as a well organized team. I would recommend you without hesitation! Thanks for doing a great job!”                                                                                                   Ryan, Buckley

"We can not believe how beautiful your trees are.  The privacy is unbelievable. If you ever need a testimonial let us know.   Our yard is perfect!  We sit there and say "my oh my”!               Suzanne, Tacoma 

"I don't think I've ever been as happy with something I've purchased."                           Sarah, Sammamish

Many More Testimonials (click here)





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Snohomish, WA  98290


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