Native to northwestern North America, western red cedar is a broadly pyramidal evergreen tree with slender drooping branches. It has feathery flat sprays of dark green, scale-like leaves which emit a fruity odor when bruised. They become bronze-tinged in cold weather. Older plants have ornamental shredding red-brown bark. The small tan female cones are ornamentaly insignificant.
This handsome conifer prefers moist organic well-drained soil and full to partial sun. Unlike eastern arborvitae it is rarely browsed by deer. Bringing a vertical, softening element to the landscape, this relatively fast-growing conifer looks beautiful as an individual specimen or in informal groups.
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Genus - Thuja
Species - Plicata
Common name - Western Red Cedar
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 50'-70' / 15 - 21 m
Spread - 25'-60' / 7.60 - 18 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Loam, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average, moist
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Hedges, Lawns and Turf, Screening / Wind Break
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Sandy Brown
Soak in water. Let stand in water for 24 hours.
Cold stratify for 60 days.
Sow seed 3-4 mm (1/8") deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
NOTE: can be fall sown without stratification.
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