Western Red Cedar hedge plants

Thuja plicata hedging

From £7.49

Our Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) hedge plants are a popular alternative to Leylandii. Thuja plicata boasts a spray of bright green, fragrant foliage and is easy to maintain. Western Cedar, as it is more commonly known, has a fairly vigorous growth rate and does not suffer from browning when old growth is cut into. A Western Red Cedar hedge provides a wonderful screen, has windbreak and noise reducing qualities and forms a striking conifer display. With its dense habit and lush green leaves, Western Cedar makes it into Best4hedging's top 10.

  • Best Features: Fragrant, bright evergreen foliage, year-round interest
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1.5m-6m high
  • Growth Rate: Average to Fast | 30-60cm a year
  • Position: Most normal or moist (not wet) soils, sunny to full shade, sheltered or exposed inland
  • Also Consider: Our Leylandii hedging plants, as an alternative to Thuja plicata, for a faster growing conifer hedge with a choice of golden yellow foliage.

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Western Red Cedar 40/60cm 2L pot
Western Red Cedar 40/60cm 2L pot

Pot Grown
2L Pot



3 to 5






Western Red Cedar 60/90cm 2L pot
Western Red Cedar 60/90cm 2L pot

Pot Grown
2L Pot



3 to 5






Western Red Cedar 90/120cm 5L pot
Western Red Cedar 90/120cm 5L pot

Pot Grown
5L Pot



2.5 to 3






Western Red Cedar 150/175cm 15L pot
Western Red Cedar 150/175cm 15L pot

Pot Grown
15L Pot


Free delivery over £300

1 to 2






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.

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pot size 10L & above,  root ball & topiary


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