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Western Red Cedar
Scientific Name: Thuja plicata Donn ex D. Don
Synonym:
Family: Cupressaceae
Western Red Cedar (Thuja  plicata)
"Thuja plicata", Picture U.S.D.A Forest Service, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 2-9,15-17, 21-24
USDA: 2 - 7

Heat Tolerance: Afternoon shade in hot areas

Sun Exposure: Full sun, part sun tolerated

Origin: Pacific Coast of North America, from southeastern Alaska, southward to central California, in moist mature forest at elevations below 5000 feet (1500 m)

Growth Habits: Large evergreen tree with a narrow pyramidal crown, 70 to 100 feet tall (21-30 m) or more (to 200 feet - 70 m); tapering trunk 2 to 4 feet in diameter (60-120 cm) or more, with fibrous, red-brown to gray bark; scale-like, flattened leaves 0.05 to 0.1 inches long (1.5-3 mm) with a tansy-like smell when crushed

Watering Needs: Moist soil in humid environment

Propagation: Named cultivars are propagated by heeled cuttings, wild plants by seeds


There are many named cultivars with varied size, shaped and foliage color.

Western Red Cedar (Thuja  plicata)

Western Red Cedar (Thuja  plicata)

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Ovoid cone, 0.5 inch long (1.2 cm), borne upright on the branches with leathery, red-brown scales


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