Whipcord Western Red Cedar
Thuja plicata 'Whipcord'
|Description||A dense, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with finely textured, green foliage and gracefully arching branches. Foliage turns bronze in winter. Excellent for use as a specimen plant or in group plantings for added appeal in the landscape.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide, in natural form.|
|Care||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.|
|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.|
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