Thuja plicata Atrovirens

Thuja plicata Atrovirens is an evergreen conifer used widely as a hedging plant or as a specimen tree.

This is a narrower growing form of the Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata which is native to the United states ranging from Alaska to California.

Most commonly used as a hedging plant the variety Thuja plicata ‘Fastigiata’ is a smaller growing columnar or narrow growing tree that will reach around 30ft in height.

It forms a dense hedge with very strong buttressed trunks, it also has a habit of staying green in the centre rather than drying out.

A very good selection for use as a a tall hedge with attractive green glossy foliage.

The species Thuja plicata Atrovirens has a natural pyramidical habit however as it is often pruned to a formal hedge this is not always noticed.

Thuja Plicata Atrovirens with its fragrant foliage, makes an good alternative to Leylandii.

Summary Information

  • Botanical Name : Thuja Plicata Atrovirens
  • Common Name : Upright Western Red Cedar .
  • Family Name : Cupressaceae
  • USDA Zone : 5 – 7
  • Height : 45 ft to 60 ft
  • Spread : 20 inches (.5 metre)
  • Growth Rate : Medium to Fast
  • Soil : Humus rich, moist and well drained
  • Light : Full sun to a little shade.
  • Humidity : Medium
  • Container Growing : No
  • Frost Tolerance : Yes
  • Drought Tolerant : Medium

Landscaping Uses

Although not always seen as a multi purpose plant, the Western Red Cedar is used both as a hedging plant and as a large ornamental tree.

As a hedge it is best planted around 2ft apart. It is excellent up to around 6 – 8 ft. Prune in spring. Young growth rate is good at 2 ft a year, again depending on conditions. The fine foliage make it great hedge and easy to prune.

As a feature tree it may take 20 years to get to 20 ft, however over time these majestic trees can get to 100ft in good conditions.

Where to buy

LAKE COUNTY PINES – phone 847-487-740829685 N Fairfield Road Grayslake Il 60030
Specializes in dwarf conifers and conifer trees. Our conifer collection includes over 225 varieties of conifer trees many are dwarf conifers. You will enjoy these conifer trees in your conifer garden. Our conifer tree nursery has potted dwarf shrubs. Most convenient dwarf conifer & conifer tree dealer to Chicago.