Western Redcedar

Scientific Name: Thuja plicata
Genus: Thuja
Family: Cupressaceae

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Western Redcedar, or Giant Arborvitae, with its massive, tapered boles and fragrant wood and foliage, is both versatile and highly ornamental in the garden. Ultimately, it is an enormous tree, suitable only for parks and large gardens. A Pacific Northwest native, the largest of this species are estimated to be about 1,000 years old. Native Americans used this tree for everything from diapers made from the bark to canoes burned and carved out of the entire trunk.