Thuja plicata - Western Red-cedar, Canoe cedar, Giant arbor-vitae, Giant cedar, Pacific red-cedar, Shinglewood

Conservation Status

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern

Despite extensive logging, the extensive range and abundance of Thuja plicata makes it ineligible for any threatened category and it is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Sequoia sempervirensAbies grandisAbies proceraPinus lambertianaPseudotsuga menziesiiTsuga heterophyllaAbies amabilisPinus monticolaTsuga mertensianaAbies grandisAbies lasiocarpaPicea engelmanniiPicea glaucaPinus contortaPinus ponderosa

Pseudotsuga menziesii

The wood of this species provided the main building material for the Amerindian tribes along the Pacific coast, who developed a technique to split large planks from the lower boles of big trees without destroying the trees themselves. Nowadays, its main use is for making shingles used in roofing residential buildings; as in most Cupressaceae, the wood is decay-resistant and easy to work. For large construction purposes it is less suitable as it tends to split, but it can be used for a variety of smaller utilities from garden sheds, glass houses, and furniture to tools. Western Red-cedar has been used in forestry plantations in some countries in NW Europe on a rather limited scale; it requires high rainfall and performs best in the wetter parts of the British Isles. Thuja plicata has been widely planted as an ornamental tree in parks and large gardens. It is also suitable for hedges as it grows back quickly from clipping. Fewer cultivars are known from this species than from Thuja occidentalis, but it is nevertheless of substantial importance in the horticultural trade.

This species is present in many protected areas, including some famous National Parks in both Canada and the USA.

Naturally occurring rare conifers from all around the World, and uniquely beautiful dwarf and other horticultural varieties.
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