Are Emerald Cedars (Smaragd) Fast Growing?
Emerald cedars, which are also called Smaragd cedars, are very fast growing and make a great hedge. Their fast growing habit is one of the reasons they are commonly used for hedging on the Lower Mainland. They can grow a foot per year or more.
Even though they are fast growing, they still need to be watered lots when they are first planted and through their first summer. Not enough water will stunt the growth of any plant and is particularly hard on young shrubs and trees.
To keep them growing as fast as possible it’s a good idea to keep their bases weed free and give them 3-4 inches of mulch. The mulch protects the roots from getting too hot in the summer and helps them retain water in the soil if it’s hot and dry outside. Mulch also suppresses weeds which can grow fast too! Weeds at the base of your shrubs will compete for soil nutrients with what you planted—that’s why you need to keep them at bay, especially if you want your shrubs to grow fast.
Emerald cedars are very popular because of their bright green color and the fact that they are evergreen. They don’t drop their leaves in the winter, so they will provide privacy all year round whether it’s at the edge of your yard or near your deck as a privacy screen. We highly recommend Emerald cedars, and can answer any questions about them at (778) 241-5664. We can also supply and plant them for you.
Pacific West Cedars, based in Langley, British Columbia, farms, supplies, and installs cedar hedging on the Lower Mainland. They offer two kinds of cedars plus boxwoods: Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), and Emerald Cedars (Thuja occidentalis “Smaragd”). They work with landscapers, contractors, and also directly with the public.
If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cedars, we encourage you to call us at (778) 241-5664.