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Campus Gardens

Thuja plicata
Western red cedar
Family: Cupressaceae

The Western red cedar can grow to be anywhere from 70-120ft. tall and 15-20 ft. wide, and is a columnar-conical tree. It has the tendency to develop billowing lower branches characterized by fissured, reddish-brown bark and hanging sprays of foliage. Its leaves are scale like, oval and are mid to dark green in color on top with a whitish hue underneath. Its cones are oblong ellipsoid and grow to be about an inch long with four or five pairs of scales. The Western red cedar makes an attractive ornamental and an excellent hedge. It is also an important species for commercial uses because even thought the wood is soft and low in strength, it is very decay resistant. The Western red cedar is best suited for making shingles, exterior and interior finishing and its wood is also used to make fence posts, utility poles, clothes chests and closets, boats, canoes and caskets. Hardy zones 6-8. Located on Campus: Near Amphitheater and Library

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