A dark-green conifer that’s a popular choice for hedging and as a large specimen tree.
The Western Red Cedar gets it name from its reddish-brown bark which flakes off throughout the year. Its richly coloured dark green leaves distinguish it from most other conifers (which tend to be more of a golden-yellow colour). As its branches get longer, they develop a gentle droop and have a pleasing clean/fresh fragrance. Western Red Cedar is a very impressive tree, that will bring a calm and majestic quality to your garden.
All conifers are known for their hardiness and resilience against the elements. We often think of them being heavily covered with snow during the winter, but they can look equally as bold and impressive against a bright blue summer sky. Conifers get their name from the “cones” that they produce – which come in all shapes and sizes. Conifer leaves are evergreen and will either be needle-shaped or scale-like.
Latin Name: Thuja Plicata Atrovirens
English Name: Western Red Cedar
Genus: Thuja (part of the Cedrus/Cedar and Cupressaceae/Cypress families)
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flower: Brown Spherical Cones.
Flowering Period: Summer.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Chalk. Clay. Loam. Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: High (H6)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -20 °C to -15 °C (-4 °F to 5 °F)
Suggested Uses: Hedging. Borders. Specimen. Large Pots. Rock Gardens.
Maintenance: No pruning required, except to remove dead or damaged wood. Can be trimmed in early-spring to encourage more new foliage to grow.
Growth Habit: Upright/Columnar.
Growth Speed: Fast (50cm to 80cm per year)
Starting Height: 80cm to 300cm (4.1 ft to 6.6 ft)
Final Height: 25m (82.0 ft)
Starting Sideways Spread: 20cm to 100cm (0.7 ft to 3.3 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 700cm (23.0 ft)
Pot Included: 10 Litre Plastic Pot (23cm) to 50 Litre Plastic Pot (41cm)
Height including Pot: 103cm to 341cm (3.4 ft to 11.2 ft)
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