Western Red Cedar ‘Aurea’

Thuja plicata ‘Aurea’ is a cultivar of the Western Red Cedar, known for its striking golden foliage. This coniferous tree retains the classic characteristics of the species, such as its tall stature and peeling reddish-brown bark.

The Appearance

A large evergreen conifer with a conical shape and soft, golden-yellow foliage. It produces small, woody cones.


The Produce

These cones are typically less than an inch in size and are a key characteristic of the species.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by small, woody cones.


The Leaves

The scale-like leaves are arranged in flattened sprays, creating a feathery texture.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and fibrous, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental golden foliage and timber. Often planted in gardens and large landscapes.


Fun Facts

Western Red Cedar ‘Aurea’ is known for its striking golden foliage, which adds year-round interest to gardens.

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