Thuja plicata Western Red Cedar

  • Thuja plicata,  Western Red Cedar
  • Thuja plicata,  Western Red Cedar
  • Plant type
    • Coniferous Tree
  • Native or non-native
    • Native
  • Sun & shade levels
    • Full Sun
    • Part Shade
  • Soil conditions
    • Dry
    • Some Moisture
    • Moist & Well-Drained
  • Upland/wetland ratings
    • FAC-Found in wetland and upland
  • Yearly Height, Width
    • 2-3 ft., 1-2 ft.
  • Ten Year Height, Width
    • 20ft., 12ft.
  • Matured Height, Width
    • 180 ft., 30 ft.

Highly valued for its rot resistant wood, this tree is also a valuable, attractive ornamental. When planted close together, they can be sheared to make an attractive screen. It is found in most natural settings in the Pacific northwest. Unlike the douglas fir, it can be planted among other established trees to add screening since it is tolerant of some shade. Can be used near moisture as long as some dry soil exists on the top of the moist soils.

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