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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

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    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 with Western Red Cedar

    How to propagate Western Red Cedar



    Special features of Western Red Cedar

    Attractive leaves

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Western Red Cedar

    Specimen, hedging. Year-round interest. Timber greenhouses are often made from Western red cedar.

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