Thuja plicata
Western red cedar

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Full SunDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Western red cedar
Thuja plicata

This large pyramidal tree sports dense, bright green, aromatic, scale-like foliage that forms thick horizontal sprays on its branches that create essential bird cover. Winter color ranges from bronze to a crimson-purple. Inconspicuous flowers bloom in April and attract butterflies to its tiny bloom.

Easy to grow specimen tree with few pests
Large size is optimum for privacy screens or hedges
Great texture and winter color for any landscape
Perfect for bird nesting and cover
Deer resistant

Native Range

Moist woods and swamps from Alaska to California and east to Idaho and Montana

Interesting Facts

Western Red Cedar is rot resistant and widely used for shingles, siding, utility poles, fencing, paneling and boatbuilding. Indians of the Northwest Coast carved their famous totem poles and split lumber for their lodges from this durable softwood.


Prefersn moist, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.  Grows best in full sun, but appreciates some light afternoon shade hot climates. 

Mature Size: 80-100ft. Tall x 25-30ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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