Thuja plicata

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Species Name: Thuja plicata
Common Name: Western Red Cedar or Arborvitae

Found in the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. Can live up to 1000 years old! Thick cinnamon red bark. Magnificent specimen for large lawns. Best on coast with fog.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 90-210'h x 20-30'w
Growth Habit: Tall, pyramidal then spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Sun Exposure: Partial sun to shade
Soil Preference: Silty loam, clay
Water Requirements: Moist
Cold Hardy to: To 35 degrees
Flower Season: Produces cones
Flower Color: N/A
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Klamath Range, Outer North Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Coastal conifer forests below 6000'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.