Trunk base flared, buttressed; branches droop.
Scales tiny, in opposite pairs; cover flat twigs.
Cone is 1/2'', elliptical, in upright clusters
Bark gray to reddis, fibrous.
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.