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Thuja plicata

Western red cedar

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & October
  • Height20m to 40m
  • Spread5m to 10m
  • Growth HabitColumnar
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades and yellow

Description

Thuja plicata (Western red cedar). This is a common tree in the Northwest, with dark green lacy, scale-like leaves, turning bonze in the winter. It is used extensively as a source of timber, and grows well in cool moist soils and will need partial shade in hot inland areas.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Alaska to Northern California

Interest and use

Specimen, hedging. Year-round interest.

Timber greenhouses are often made from Western red cedar.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will tolerate the cold, and will grow well in well drained soil, they prefer full sun and dislike dry conditions. Prune in late summer. Once it is established (in native areas), it will need no water.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds or cuttings in winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible.

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