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Thuja plicata Atrovirens


Western Red Cedar

Forms a classical pyramid shape with green foliage and red bark

A great choice for a fast growing hedge, the leaves have a pleasant pineapple scent especially after rain or when they are crushed. Handsome deep green leaves make a great backdrop to borders or to screen an unsightly object.


Happy in sun or part shade and any good garden soil.


Enrich the soil before planting by digging in organic matter - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure are fine for this. Water occasionally through dry weather until established and trim to help keep the shape in late summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer, Hedging
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Garden edging, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From January to December