Conifers: Thuja (Arborvitae, Cedar)

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Thuja occidentalis 'Brandon'

Pyramid Cedar or Brandon Cedar is a hardier selection of Thuja occ. fastigiata. Narrow, pyramidal form with bright green, soft foliage. Not prone to heavy seeding. Very popular for foundation planting (next to buildings) and hedging; requires little maintenance.

Thuja occidentalis 'Technito'

Technito is a dwarf form of the popular arborvitae Techny. Dark green like Techny, holding onto colour through winter and resisting windburn. Technito has a compact pyramidal form, and is much more dense than Techny.

Thuja occidentalis 'DeGroot's Spire'

De Groot's Spire is an excellent narrow, columnar form with dark green foliage and interesting texture. Full sun. Sheridan Nurseries introduction.

Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra'

This cedar holds onto its dark green colour very well through the winter and is a very popular hedging cedar. A vigorous grower, tolerates shearing well.

Thuja occidentalis 'Skybound'

Skybound is a new variety developed at Boughen Nurseries in Manitoba. Similar in many ways to Brandon, but shows better hardiness with improved, darker green foliage. The scaly foliage has a relatively fine texture and is resistant to winter browning. Narrow, upright columnar form lends itself for hedging and screening but equally suitable to create a single, vertical accent! Can be pruned but will look better if left untouched.

Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'

Emerald Green Cedar is a slow compact grower with sharply defined pyramidal shape. Scale-like foliage is emerald-green, holding its colour through the winter. Requires no trimming and makes an excellent hedge. Small cones have thin, overlapping scales and are generally not very noticeable.

Thuja occidentalis 'Techny'

Techny is an excellent hedging cedar which holds its dark green colour even through winter; considerd one of the hardiest forms available!

Thuja occidentalis 'Woodwardii'

Woodward Cedar has a dense global form with dark green foliage requiring no trimming. Heavy snow can open it up so plan ahead with some wrapping in late fall. Globe cedar won't need trimming to maintain is round shape.

Thuja plicata 'CanCan'

Can Can is a dwarf Western Red Cedar whose white tips contrast against the dark green remaining foliage. Nice as specimen or hedge.

Thuja plicata 'Copper Kettle'

Copper Kettle is another dwarf, variegated Western Red Cedar selection. New foliage on this upright tree is yellow to orange.

Thuja plicata 'Doone Valley'

Doone Valley is a dwarf, conical variegated form of Western Red Cedar. The scale-like foliage is bi-coloured with gold and bronze. An introduction from England in approximately 1970.

Thuja plicata 'Johnsen Select'

In house selction of Western Red Cedar with great resistance to Keithia Blight. Johnsen Select has finer and cleaner foliage than the species.

Thuja plicata

Western Red Cedar (or Redcedar) is a very fast growing, open branched cedar suitable for taller hedges, screens or on its own. The branches are drroping with the ends often turning up. Foliage forms flat sprays of scale-like green foliage with white "butterfly markings" on the underside. Foliage has a strong aroma. Small cones (appr. 1cm long) green to yellow-green ripening to brown. Thrives in moist, well drained, fertile soils. Native to the Pacific North West and British Columbia's Official Tree! Considered the "cornerstone" of the Aboriginal Culture there, with both spiritual and practical importance. Thuja plicata is sometimes called 'Arborvitae', Latin for "tree of Life". The wood is valuable building material as it is rot-resistant and also light in weight. Supposedly resistant to deer.

Thuja plicata 'Aurea Sandy'

Golden Western Red Cedar, an in house selction with "moonglow yellow " foliage. Mature size is yet unknown.