About This Plant

The Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is a magnificent conifer native to western North America. These towering giants can exceed 200 feet (60 meters). Their distinctive reddish-brown bark peels in vertical strips. Western Red Cedar wood is highly valued for its strength, resistance to decay, and exquisite grain patterns. Indigenous communities have used it for generations in crafting canoes, totem poles, and longhouses, showcasing its cultural significance.

The Story


The Western Red Cedar features scale-like leaves arranged in flattened sprays. These leaves have a rich, deep green colour and a glossy texture, providing the tree with an evergreen appearance throughout the year. The foliage emits a distinctive fragrance, reminiscent of cedar, when crushed or brushed against.


The fruits, also known as cones, are small and scale-like, resembling tiny, woody rosettes. They are typically green or brown and develop on the outer branches of the tree. The cones contain winged seeds that are dispersed by the wind.
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