Thuja Plicata Martin
Thuja Plicata Martin also known as Western Red Cedar is an evergreen, coniferous tree that forms a beautiful, compact hedge. Its glossy leaves may be green or dark green and smell good. The fruits produced look like little cones.
This variety of Thuja retains a slender shape with a width of not more than one meter. This is a very important aspect in hedging where lateral space is generally limited. It can be cut back into old wood and will surely re-root.
Care & Advice
The first growing season is very critical for the growth and survival of Thuja Plicata Martin. For western red cedars that are dug up from the nursery for transplanting, most of their roots are severed and they will not be able to take up water well for a few months after planting, thus putting them at risk of drought stress. Here are a few tips to help you care for your western red cedar:
It is recommended to water them thoroughly during the first growing season. In hot, windy conditions or sandy soils, you will have to water them more frequently. During the first winter, you only need to water them occasionally.
Spread 5-10cm of wood chips around the plant to reduce loss of water from the soil through evaporation and suppress the growth of weed. You can also use other mulching materials that may also provide nutrients that are helpful to the plant’s growth. However, ensure that the mulch is not in contact with the trunk of the plant to avoid rotting.
Feed Thuja Plicata Martin with a fertilizer that has high nitrogen content such as a 16-8-8 formula in spring. However, you should avoid putting the fertilizer around the planting hold. Apply the fertilizer at a rate of 1/3 pound fertilizer for each 30cm of the plant’s height. Spread the fertilizer around the base of the plant and till in lightly with a hoe or rake and water thoroughly.