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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Thuja plicata, commonly known as the Western Red Cedar is a large evergreen conifer that brings attention to various landscapes. Native to the Pacific Northwest of North America, this stately tree belongs to the Cupressacae family and is fantastic for both ornamental value and practical uses.

In its natural habitat, Thuja plicata can reach towering heights, often exceeding 50m with a broad and conical crown. However, it is more frequently maintained as a more moderate-sized tree or used for hedging. The tree’s bark is reddish-brown and fibrous, adding an attractive textural element. The foliage is a distinguishing feature, consisting of flattened sprays of scale-like leaves that give a fragrant aroma when crushed.

Known for its adaptability, Western Red Cedar thrives in a variety of soil types and environmental conditions. It is often chosen for windbreaks, privacy screens and as an attractive specimen tree in large gardens and parks.

Whether gracing a woodland setting, providing a lush backdrop in a garden, or contributing to functional screening, Thuja plicata stands as a versatile symbol of natural beauty in diverse landscapes.

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Size

Large

12m high x 5m wide after 25 years

Environment

Great for larger gardens. It is tolerant of pollution so will also do well in industrial areas.

Canopy

Narrow, upright and densely branched.

Foliage

Bright grass green in colour and glossy to touch. Leaves have a scale-like pattern and a pleasant fragrance when crushed. Foliage is arranged in fan-like sprays, giving the tree a dense appearance.

Bark

Reddish brown and flaky.

Flowers

Inconspicuous and fragrant.

Fruit

Hard, oval and small brown cones with a pleasant fragrance.

Resilience

Thrives on well-drained soils and excellent on shallow chalk. Tolerant of wind and frost.

Wildlife

Small birds enjoy the shelter it provides in the summer and winter months.

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