Tree 14: Western Red Cedar

Thuja plicata (THOO-yuh  plye-KAY-tah)

  • Native from coastal Northern Calif. to Alaska and inland to Montana
  • This is the largest tree in the cypress family, growing in its native habitat to 100 to 200 feet tall and living from 400 to 1000+ years
  • Has slender drooping branches and dark green leaves
  • Has ‘fluffy’ rather than the Lawson Cedar’s ‘flat’ fronds that are green above and green marked with whitish stomatal bands below
  • Blue ‘juniper-like’ berries 


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Red Western Cedar photo

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