Western Red Cedar
CEDAR, WESTERN RED
Thuja plicata D. Don
Tall evergreen conifer to 165' or more. Yellowish-green to deep
green, frondlike foliage. Soft, reddish-brown bark, small cones.
Beware of power lines overhead. Requires good drainage. Can be
sheared for hedges. Crushed foliage has sweet odor. Casts a dense
shade, but graceful and elegant tree. Many cultivars available.
Drought-tolerant after establishment, Sun to part-shade/sun, Food source for native butterfly caterpillars, Food source, shelter, or nesting sites for birds, Food source for native wildlife or rodents, Among species considered to be the most valuable wildlife plants by ODFW Naturescaping (2001) reference.