Thuja plicata • Western Red Cedar, NW USA

Thuja •  Cedar   •  クロベ •  黒皮 •  kurobe

We have quite a few western red cedars around the garden; they are native to Pacific Northwest and the huge, old ones were there before the SJG was created in 1960.  Several of the old cedars serve as orientation marks around the Garden because their majestic presence is hard to miss –  for instance the one on the border of the Areas C and D…  We also have several much younger versions, in area ZZW, and in the future I’ll post their pics here, too.


SJG • 4/10/13 – Trunk of the old, 50′ tall Thuja plicata • Western Red Cedar, NW USA. It is technically in Area G, but for orientation purposes it marks the border between areas G & I along the E path of the garden


SJG • 4/10/13 – Thuja plicata • Western Red Cedar, NW USA – a bit higher than just trunk; Area G


SJG • 4/10/13 – Thuja plicata • Western Red Cedar, NW USA – branches; Area G

From wikipedia:  Thuja plicata, commonly called Western or Pacific redcedar,  giant or western arborvitae, giant cedar, or shinglewood, is a species of Thuja, an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae native to western North America. Despite its common names, it does not belong with the true cedars within the genus Cedrus. It is the Provincial tree of British Columbia, and has extensive applications for the indigenous First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. […]

Role in indigenous societies: Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings. […]


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