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A picture of a Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar

Thuja plicata

Also known as

Western Arbor-Vitae, British Columbia Cedar, Californian White Cedar, Giant Arbor-Vitae, Nootka Sound Arbor-Vitae, Yellow Cypress, Canoe Cedar, Giant Cedar, Pacific Red-Cedar, Shinglewood, Canoe-Cedar, Giant-Cedar, Western Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

12m

Min

8m

20 years to reach maturity

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A photo of Western Red Cedar

Overview

Thuja plicata is also known as Western Red Cedar. It is a hardy, vigorous, evergreen tree from the Cupressaceae family. This tree forms a pyramid shape, growing up to 35m tall, producing attractive scale-like leaves. The leaves are pointed and aromatic, borne on spreading branches with a drooping habit, turning upwards at the tips. Egg-shaped, brown cones measuring around 1.3cm in length are also produced. Grow in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant