Cedar, Western Rad

The Western Red Cedar, is an giant evergreen conifer, that can grow to a height of 65m, and may live for 1,000’s of years, with several examples in existance that over 1,500 years old.

It is tall and conical in shape, with a broad trunk and dense fern-like foliage.

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Common Name:
Western Red Cedar

Scentific Name:
Thuja plicata

Tree No:
180

Location:
D4

Leaf bases cover the twigs, creating flattened sprays of foliage in opposite pairs. Leaves sprouting from the twigs are small, only 2–3mm long, and scale-like with an ovate shape. They are dark glossy green above with whitish markings underneath.

Credit: Alan Payne

 

 

The species is monoecious, which means that both male and female flowers grow on the same tree. Male flowering cones are small and inconspicuous. Female flowering cones are small, reddish-purple, and borne near the tips of branches.

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Small, woody cones are brown, slender and oval-shaped with scales. Seeds are brown ovals with narrow wings on either side.

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Native to North America, the western red cedar is planted in Britain, often as evergreen hedging in gardens or for timber. It is tolerant of dense shade.

The tree’s dense foliage attracts many birds and insects which find shelter in the fissured bark.

Their timber is used for shingles and doors and windows as it is slow to rot. The American Indians hollowed out 15 metre canoes from cedar trees.

In the UK, the tree is planted for timber and shelter. The wood is highly sought after, being one of the most durable in the world. It has an aromatic fragrance which can be retained for long periods of time and it also contains a natural preservative which is resistant to fungal attack. The durable wood is soft and good for construction.

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