Western Red Cedar

The Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is a magnificent conifer native to western North America. These towering giants can exceed 200 feet (60 meters).

The Appearance

A large evergreen conifer with a conical shape and reddish-brown bark. It has scale-like, aromatic leaves and produces small cones.


The Produce

They are typically green or brown and develop on the outer branches of the tree.


The Flowers

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


The Leaves

These leaves have a rich, deep green colour and a glossy texture, providing the tree with an evergreen appearance throughout the year.


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 forests and parks.


The Ecology

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


The Culture

Valued for its durable timber, which is used in construction and furniture making.


Fun Facts

The Western Red Cedar is highly valued for its rot-resistant wood and is often used in outdoor construction.

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