Are Emerald Green Arborvitae Deer Resistant?

Emerald Green Arborvitae, also known as Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’ is a popular evergreen tree that is prized for its fast growth rate and dense foliage.

It is often used in landscaping projects, but one question that many people have is whether or not it is deer resistant. In this blog post, we will take a look at the Emerald Green Arborvitae and discuss whether or not deer will eat it.

Are Emerald Green Arborvitae Deer Resistant?

No, Emerald Green Arborvitae are not deer resistant. While the foliage is usually great for blocking out unwanted views, it is not enough to stop deer from wandering into your yard and nibbling on your trees.

The good news is that at least the Emerald Green Arborvitae will stop deers and other animals from seeing what else is in your yard, so they will not be as attracted to it.

Will Deer Eat Emerald Green Arborvitae?

Yes, deer will eat Emerald Green Arborvitae. In fact, they are quite fond of the foliage and will often strip the leaves off of the branches, which can damage or even kill the tree.

This isn’t great news for those who are hoping to use Emerald Green Arborvitae as a way to deter deer from their property. While the trees won’t attract deers from all areas of your city, they will give them a chew-able snack if they happen to wander into your yard.

So, if you’re looking for a deer-resistant tree, the Emerald Green Arborvitae is not the best choice. However, if you’re okay with the occasional deer munching on your trees, then they can still be a beautiful and practical addition to your landscaping.

How to Keep Deers Out?

If you live in an area with a lot of deer, it is best to either choose a different tree or take measures to protect your Emerald Green Arborvitae from being eaten. One way to do this is by wrapping the trunk of the tree with a deer-resistant material, such as a chicken wire.

There are also some alternative plants that you can use that are deers don’t like. I recommend junipers, fir trees, false cypress, inkberry hollies, Leyland cypress, spruces, and pines.

Building high barriers are the best way to keep deer away from your beloved garden, but if you don’t have the time or money to invest in one, then planting a different tree may be your best bet.


In conclusion, Emerald Green Arborvitae are not deer resistant and will be eaten by deer if they have the chance. If you live in an area with a lot of deer, it is best to take measures to protect your trees or choose a different tree altogether.

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