Emerald Green Arborvitae - Knowledgebase Question

Cheyenne, Wy
Question by trefrenmille
April 23, 2008
Last year I bought 5 Emerald Green Arborvitae, and followed the label for planting.
There is one that appears healthy. The others have a lot of dryed needles, however, there is a little new growth at the base of each. Should I dig them up and replace or do you have advice so I can safe them?

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2008


If you're finding new growth at the bases of the plants, it indicates the roots are healthy which leads me to believe the plants either experienced a harsh winter or a lack of water to the extent that the roots could not support the tops of the plants. I think they'll come back, but it could take a few years. If you're looking for a faster fill-in, you may decide to replace your arborvitaes.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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