A very fast growing conifer that creates warm woods and is popular as game cover. The Western Red Cedar is planted more for shelter and hedges than for its timber. The leaves give a strong odour when crushed, and the shredding bark is a cinnamon red colour. In Canada, it is the tree that is used for totem poles, due to its strong but light timber. It was once used for ladders, and is still used for rugby posts.
Cones: The male cones are small and yellow. The female cones are leathery and egg shaped, they ripen from green to brown and grow on the tips of branches.
Timber: The timber is soft, light and durable. It is used for joinery, outdoor construction, poles, fencing, etc.
Soil Types / Habitat
It grows best on moist but not waterlogged sites. It can tolerate slightly chalky soils.It can tolerate dense shaded areas. It doesn’t like windy exposed sites.