Western Red Cedar

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Western Red Cedar

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(Thuja plicata)

Size at 250 years: 100-160 feet tall, 2-8 feet in diameter

Life Span: 1,000+ years

Leaves: Small, overlapping, scale-like leaves that form sprays, in opposite patern. shiny-dark green in color. 1/16 to 1/8" long.

Cones: 3/4" long. Brown.

Bark: Cinnamon-red on young stems, gray on old trunks. Fibrous and shredding.

Where to find: Moist hillsides beside streams. Often found with Western Hemlock. Can be found in the IPNF at Roosevelt Grove, Priest Lake RD and Settlers Grove, CDA River Valley RD.

Things to know: Wood is very resistant to rot. The chief wood used for roofing shingles. For paneling, utility poles. Also valuable for outdoor construction and boat building. Indians used for totem poles and canoes. Its bark was woven into baskets, nets, and fabric for clothing. Its a member of the cypress family, so not a true cedar.

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