Western Red Cedar hedge (Thuja plicata) description
The attractive foliage of a Western Red Cedar hedge (Thuja plicata) releases the faint smell of pineapple when brushed against or blown in the wind, giving your garden a wonderful sensory element. Occasionally, small cones appear and decorate the branches of this conifer hedge. Thuja plicata (occasionally known as Thuya) can be grown in a number of different positions, tolerating both full sun and full shade and suited to most soil types, making it a very popular choice at best4hedging.
Popular uses for Thuya plicata
A Western Red Cedar hedge is easy to grow and will suit any well-drained or moist soil in an exposed or sheltered spot. These hedge plants can be clipped into a neat shape and make a great, aromatic garden feature. This tough evergreen hedging is an effective windbreak, useful for reducing noise pollution. Being fast growing, Western Cedar also makes a secure privacy screen.
Combine your Western Red Cedar hedge with
Thuja plicata is traditionally grown alone, though it can also be combined with other hedging conifers such as Golden Leylandii to create a mixture of foliage colours and a stunning evergreen display.
Growth rate of Western Cedar
This fast growing conifer will achieve about 40-60cm a year and is perfect for a final hedge height of anywhere between 1.5m and 6m.
Care advice for Thuja (Thuya) plicata hedging
When it comes to pruning your Western Red Cedar hedge, you can cut into old wood without causing any damage. We advise trimming your hedge to the desired shape in spring, followed by a light prune again in autumn. For any further pruning information, please take a look at our Hedging Care Advice page.
Planting density recommendations for Western Red Cedar hedging
For information on planting density specific to Thuja plicata, please see the product table. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type. You can find out more about recommended planting density here.
Thuja plicata 'Atrovirens' is available to purchase year-round as cell grown or pot grown plants. Western Red Cedar is also available as root balls, from early autumn to late spring. When growing our root ball plants we select Thuja plicata 'Martin', these plants can be pre-ordered in advance for delivery from October.
The majority of our Thuja plicata hedge plants are UK grown by horticultural specialists with masses of nursery and growing experience. Rarely, it is necessary to source Western Red Cedar from carefully inspected nurseries outside of the UK, where we are confident that the quality can’t be beaten. At best4hedging, we always do our utmost to ensure that your plants are delivered in the freshest condition and that they are of the highest quality, whilst protecting our excellent prices. You can purchase your Western Red Cedar hedge online, safe in the knowledge that you are receiving both a reliable service and the very best products.