Western Red Cedar


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Thuja plicata

Size/Zone: Plug 1 – 261

Sun: Can tolerate some sun or shade

Soil Conditions: Moist sites

Special Uses:  Timber, supports pollinators, birds, bank stabilization

Excellent for wildlife cover, for restoration projects, and as an ornamental. Fragrant wood and foliage. Good for erosion control.

Habitat Notes: This is an understory species. Will sunburn very easily and will dry out faster than other conifers. Partial shade, filtered light conditions are ideal. Will tolerate more seasonal wetness than fir trees, but requires more drainage than clay soils provide. Susceptible to insect infestations and damage.

ID Notes: Very full looking conifer with soft, scaled needles. The only true native cedar to Yamhill Co. lowlands.

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Height at 20 yrs. 35 ft. Deer Browse Moderate-High
Mature Height 110 ft. Wildlife Value Moderate
Growth Rate Slow Timber Value Marginal for valley sites
Lifespan Long Resprout Ability No
Moisture Use Moderate Hardiness Moderate
Drought Tolerance Low  
Sun Tolerance Low  

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