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Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata)

Pacific Northwest native

Native to Seattle, this tree has beautiful evergreen foliage, cinnamon-red bark, and a strong pyramidal form. 

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 12 feet

Mature Height: 90 feet +

Mature Spread: 40 feet

Tree Shape: Pyramidal

Where to Plant:
The western red cedar makes a beautiful yard tree, given it has room to grow.

Scale-like yellow-green leaves with distinctive butterfly pattern on the underside.

Small seed cones.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Prefers moist, well-drained fertile soils and full sun to partial shade.

Potential Problems:
Generally pest-free. Seasonal brown flagging and needle loss is normal.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 20 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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