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Western Redcedar

Thuja plicata

Native to Pacific Northwest Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Native, evergreen conifer with attractive bark and outstanding wildlife benefits. Branches horizontal or drooping, but turning upward at end.

Growing Conditions:
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS TREE WILL ONLY THRIVE IN SHADED, WIND-PROTECTED SITES WITH WELL-DRAINING SOIL.

Uses:
Stately native tree with excellent wildlife benefits for urban environments.Often referred to as the "cornerstone of Northwest Indian culture," as this tree was used to make countless goods from canoes, paddles, planks, and weapon shafts to baskets, ropes, clothing, and medicine. The Latin name refers to a tree having sweet-smelling wood.

Height:
70' at maturity

Width:
25' at maturity

Shape:
Open pyramidal crown of drooping branches that turn upright at the ends in a J shape.

Flowers:
Male flowers are small and inconspicuous. Green or purple female flowers are cone-like at the tips of the stems.

Leaves:
Scale-like leaves close to twig resembling a flattened braid.

Bark:
Bark is reddish gray to brown, finely ridged and furrowed, with outer bark breaking into long strips. Wood is aromatic.

Native to Pacific Northwest. Ranges from Alaska to northern California and east to Montana.