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Thuja plicata ‘Hillieri’

Western red cedar

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & October
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread2m to 3m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Leaf ColourBlue green

Description

Thuja plicata ‘Hillieri’ (Western red cedar). This slow-growing, dense, rounded, dwarf shrub bears blue-green leaves.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Needled evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Red cedar, Cedar

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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