Western Red Cedar or Thuja plicata Atrovirens
Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata) forms a pyramid shape with red bark and green foliage.
This is the perfect plant for a fast growing hedge. Its leaves have a nice pineapple scent especially when they are crushed or after rain. The deep green leaves are beautiful and make an excellent backdrop to borders.
The plant’s growth rate is fairly vigorous and doesn’t turn brown when old growth is cut into. A Western Red Cedar or Thuja hedge provides magnificent screen, has noise and windbreak reducing qualities and forms a striking conifer display.
Care & Advice
For your Western Red Cedar hedge trees to flourish, you need to provide them with plenty of moisture and space. Make sure that you remove grass and weed to prevent them from encroaching on the young plants.
- Water and feeding
Watering is very important when it comes to aftercare. Young hedge shrubs should be drenched during the first year of growth, ensuring that water reaches the root system. There can also be dry spells in winter when the plant is dormant, so you need to give your plant a generous soaking. This plant can also benefit from fertilizer feeding, although only a few people do this. Sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer on the sides of the hedge, but ensure that it doesn’t touch the leaves or stem. Fork in a bit and add water. Also, don’t forget to read the instructions on the fertilizer pack carefully.
You also need to keep a close eye on the Western Red Cedar plants during windy seasons. When strong winds ‘rock’ plants, they cause air pockets and allow frost to creep in. In this case, make sure that you firm the plants back into position.
When pruning these privacy shrubs, you can cut into wood without damaging the plant. It is recommended that you trim the plant to shape in spring and maybe a light pruning in autumn. When pruning, don’t remove all the foliage on branches.