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Western Red Cedar Hedge

Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’

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With a dense habit that stays bright evergreen throughout the year, the Western red cedar hedge 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.

This arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Virescens') InstantHedge unit is in a biodegradable cardboard container and ready to be shipped for a privacy screen.


Somewhat fragrant foliage on this arborvitae/western red cedar sports reddish-brown stems.

Quick Guide

The Western Red Cedar Tree is best for zone 5-8
  • The Thuja Plicata ‘Virescens’ form is dense but not overly constricted and the foliage works well with casual or regular pruning. The Western red cedar tree 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 Western red cedar growth rate is fast, up to 2' per year.
  • The tree’s scale-like foliage that is aromatic when crushed and its red-brown bark is equally fragrant. Also, take quick guide to other hedges.


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

USDA Hardiness Zones:5 - 9
Your Hardiness Zone:

Sun/Shade:Partial Shade to Full Sun
Deer Resistance:Yes
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.

Quick Features of Western Red Cedar-

  1. Western Red Cedar is commonly found in north western United States and Canada. 
  2. It has scale like foliage which is glossy, green and aromatic.
  3. The foliage turns brownish bronze in winters.
  4. Its dense, bushy habit makes it one of the evergreen privacy hedges.
  5. Western Red Cedar is easy to maintain as it needs pruning twice a year.
  6. The wood of this hedge is widely used for outdoor construction and guitar soundboards.
  7. Its foliage creates secure, safe and comfortable nesting ground for birds.
  8. Thuja Plicata Virescens grows best in deep, moist and well drained soil.

Caring Thuja Plicata Virescens-

Fertilize Thuja Plicata Virescens with effective 10-10-10 Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers in early spring to invite new growth. To keep the hedge alive prune it in early spring or late winter. Soak the tools & shears in isopropyl solution before pruning Western Red Cedar. Do not prune its branches into old leafless wood as it contains no living leaf buds. Wear Gloves before mulching & pruning to protect hands from injury and direct contact with diseases.

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