North Pole Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’)

North Pole Arborvitae

  • Tight Columnar Habit
  • Great Screen for Narrow Sites
  • Year-Round Evergreen Color
  • Low Maintenance
  • Perfect in Containers
  • Hardy
  • Full Sun to Part Shade

For a beautiful, hardworking tree that adds elegance to your garden all year, try North Pole® Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’). This hardy evergreen is an outstanding Proven Winners® variety of White Cedar selected by the famed Art Boe of Faribault, MN. It is resistant to winter burn and grows more narrow than Emerald Green.

It features a narrow and upright form that never needs pruning. This is a soft, green tree that makes an excellent year-round screen.

Even smaller residential landscapes can use North Pole to create a green privacy wall. Best of all, it’s narrow enough that it won’t take up your whole yard!

North Pole Arborvitae will stay narrow. It’s very easy to grow, is resistant to winter burn and works in either full sun or partial shade.

This plant exhibits good resistance to breakage from ice or snow accumulations, so you won’t even have to worry about the harsh winter weather taking its toll on your North Pole. The dark green color holds year-round.

Hardy in a wide range of USDA growing zones 3 – 7, any gardener would love a North Pole Arborvitae with its narrow, columnar growing habit, and low maintenance nature.

How to Use North Pole Arborvitae in the Landscape

North Pole Arborvitae is narrower than Emerald Green, Dark Green, Techny, and Green Giant Arborvitae varieties. It’s a great choice for taller screening in tight areas. Consider this a neighbor-friendly fence to easily block out a neighbor, or a bad view.

North Pole Arborvitae has a tall, narrow habit filled out with dense, dark green foliage. It maintains its vibrant color year-round, so it’s perfect for places where you’d like some seasonal interest during the long winter months, or to block that cold winter wind.

It will work equally well in either a formal or casual setting with its dramatic presence. This useful tree makes a great specimen or screen.

For a hedge, plant it 3 feet on center. You’ll measure from the center of one trunk to the center of the next. This can be used in a side yard for easy-peasy privacy.

Or, consider using them like this to create the walls of a garden room. Create a retreat from the rest of the world with a Zen Meditation Garden, and outdoor yoga studio. Heck, you can even use them for something more prosaic like hiding the garbage cans or utility box.

If you want them to stand alone as individual trees, just space them out ten or fifteen feet apart. Try planting several along the length of a shrub or mixed perennial border.

Keep them evenly spaced for a formal or ultra-modern look. Or, vary the spacing to create a natural flow and rhythm along the border.

Use this as a vertical accent around your yard to draw the eye and bring ‘right-sized’ structure to your garden design. Use it as a bold accent plant in mixed borders, or wherever you need a narrow columnar selection of wintergreen has excellent hardiness and dark green winter foliage color.

A pair of these vertical accents could frame your front door. You can plant them directly in the ground, or North Poles can also be planted in large containers.

For a fun look, try mixing North Pole as thrillers in your seasonal flowering patio pots. They’ll likely overwinter beautifully for you. Try different combinations each year, relying on North Pole to bring a lush look no matter what you partner with them.

They’ll work with just about any other shrub or perennial. What a nice, versatile small tree that requires very little care!

Tips for Care

Few problems bother this plant in most areas where it can be grown. It is hardy into growing Zone 3 and will resist winter burn in those cold areas.

Arborvitae are fairly adaptable, but there are some considerations that should be followed for the best performance. The North Pole appreciates full sun, but tolerates dappled shade well, too. It does best when it receives at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. About the only thing North Pole won’t tolerate is full shade.

The tree prefers well-drained soil. It won’t tolerate arid conditions that get too dry. Moist, well-drained soils are best. Mulch this plant with a thick 2 – 3 inch layer spread out past its canopy. Please be sure not to let any mulch touch the trunk!

Give it moderate moisture on a regular schedule. This tree can tolerate periodic heavy rains for short periods of time.

Please take care in areas with high populations of deer. Provide fencing and apply Deer Repellent according to the directions.

You’ll never need to prune it. The plants have a soft natural look and they stay narrow and straight without any help. However, if you’d like to shape it a bit, prune it in spring before July.

North Pole Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’) Details

Common name North Pole Arborvitae
Botanical name Thuja occidentalis 'Art Boe'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 3-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 10 - 15 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring