Western Red Cedar Hedging

Western Red Cedar Hedging

Our next look at this excellent & increasingly popular plant focusses on the botanical details of Western Red Cedar Hedging as described by an expert…

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Western Red Cedar 80-100cm
Western Red Cedar 

Western Red Cedar Hedging: Botanical Details

Leaf: “Persistent, scale-like, and arranged in decussate [shaped like an X] pairs; yellow-green on top with a distinctive butterfly shaped bloom pattern on the underside. Individual leaves are typically 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and sets of four are roughly square. Foliage arranged in flattened sprays, dead leaves fall in sprays.”
Flower: “Species is monoecious [having both the male and female reproductive organs in the same individual]; male cones are small and inconspicuous; female cones are small, reddish purple, and borne near the tips of branches.”
Fruit: “Small woody cones (1/2 inch long) with thin, valvate scales [adjacent scales touch each other but don’t overlap] scales arranged in 5 to 6 decussate pairs; typically upturned on the branches.”
Twig: “Younger twigs are flattened while older twigs are round, slender, flexible, and slightly zigzag; reddish brown.”
Bark: “Thin (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick), fibrous, stringy, and reddish brown; finely ridged and furrowed; intertwined; comes off in long strips.”
Form: “A large evergreen conifer that grows to 200 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter (sometimes more). Has an open, pyramidal crown with pendulous, frond-like branches. Base of trunk is often swollen and fluted.”