Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’

Western Red Cedar

With a dense habit that stays bright evergreen throughout the year, the Western Red Cedar makes a visually striking hedge in any outdoor space. It generally thrives in moist environments and regions with cooler summer climates, but does well in a variety of settings.

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing the Western red cedar for your next hedge:

  • Dark glossy green foliage that keeps its form in all seasons
  • Conical shape responds well to hedging.
  • Tall mature height creates a great screen
  • Easy to maintain in different climates
  • With a taller and narrower habit than other Thujas, the Western red cedar’s tight up-reaching branches make a uniquely attractive hedge.

The tree’s form is dense but not overly constricted and the foliage works well with casual or regular pruning.

The Western red cedar grows best in moist, fertile soils with good drainage and performs especially well in cooler environments.

The tree is native to the Pacific Northwest where it is typically found damp forested areas, from southern Alaska along the coast to northern California and from British Columbia east to Montana.

The Western red cedar is the largest tree in the cypress family. In its native habitat, it can reach up to 200 feet tall and live for hundreds, and even thousands, of years.

The tree’s scale-like foliage that is aromatic when crushed and its red-brown bark is equally fragrant.


USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
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Sun/Shade: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Deer Resistance: No
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Fast, up to 2’ per year
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 9, 15 - 17, 21 - 24, 32 - 45
Pest/Disease Issues: No major pest or disease issues. Susceptible to beetle borers, leaf miner and spider mites, oak root rot.