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Species: Western Red Cedar

Scientific Name: Thuja Plicata

Classification: Coniferous Evergreen Tree



Description: The Western Red Cedar, also commonly known as the Canoe Cedar and Shinglewood is a large species reaching heights in upwards of 230 feet or more. It is native to the West Coast of British Columbia, as well as Alaska, Washington State, Oregon and Northern California as well as Northern Idaho and Westen Montana. The species is hardy and has been introduced to temperate zones in britain, Australia and New Zealand as well as Eastern parts of the United States. The leaves are medium to yellowish green in color with a clustered appearance which yield slender cones which are green in color while immature, taking on a brown color when ripe. The species produces a natural fungalcide, which helps prevents the wood from rotting as the species is very long lived at 1000-1400 years. In the wild, the species is commonly found in moist sites such as swamp borders, riverbanks but also found along rocky slopes. Most commonly found in mixed coniferous forests, rarely found in pure stands.

Site Conditions: The Western Red Cedar is tolerant to a range of soil types but prefers moist, well drained and slightly acidic soils but can tolerate wet soil but usually not areas of permanent standing water and prefers full sun exposure but can tolerate partial shade conditions.

Stock: This species is in stock and available for pickup at our Arlington, WA location or available for delivery

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