• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:THOO-yuh ply-KAY-tuh
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Spirea (Spiraea); Rose (Rosa); Weigela (Weigela); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, moist, well-drained soil in a sheltered location; avoid extremely dry sites. In harsh winter areas, apply a thick layer of mulch to protect root zone. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Fertilize in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    The species Thuja plicata is a magnificent cedar, much revered by the northwest Native peoples. Such was their respect and dependence on this tree that it was called "tree of life." The soft yet durable wood was used to build longhouses and dugout canoes, as well as numerous items necessary for daily life. Fiber was woven from strips of bark to create clothing, bedding and mats, and branchlets and roots added strength to heavy rope and baskets.