Cheer Drops® Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis 'SMNTDGT'
Cheer Drops® Arborvitae
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Height: 18 feet
Spacing: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Eastern White Cedar
Brand: Proven Winners
This interesting, tall evergreen shrub features an attractive tear drop shape that requires no pruning, and fresh, bright green foliage that stays that way year-round; creates impressive, architectural hedges and foundation plantings
Cheer Drops® Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has emerald green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain emerald green throughout the winter.
Cheer Drops® Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Cheer Drops® Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Cheer Drops® Arborvitae will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 feet apart. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. This plant will benefit from an application of bonemeal and/or mycorrhizal fertilizer at the time of planting. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Cheer Drops® Arborvitae makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.