A conifer tree that is visibly shorter than Douglas-fir, and its Abies cousins. A lovely, sweet smelling tree with reddish bark that exfoliates in thin, hair-like strands. Its reddish twigs grow off the branches in a downward direction, making the tree look a bit droopy, like a wet dog. A key identifier of this species is the shape of the bloom on the undersides of the leaves, it makes two rows that look like "butterflies".
Habitat: Growing in partial shade next to Douglas-fir and western hemlock in a preserved garden on The Evergreen State College campus next to parking lot C.
Weather: Rainy, 55F, and with full overcast sky.
Resting nearby a raging river just outside Lake Cushman, was this Western redcedar, or Thuja plicata, of the family Cupressaceae. Some defining characteristics of this native plant are scaley needles, small reproductive cones, and red fibrous bark.
This tree should not be confused with true cedars of the family Cedrus. The fall view of this evergreen tree shows it sits by neighboring firs and hemlocks. Lichens and moss cling to its bark, absorbing all of the moisture-rich air.
Thuja plicata, or western red cedar, this specimen is tall with characteristic scale-like needles, red bark, and a profusion of small woody seed cones.
Along the creek in dense shade
Observed in the Evergreen Forest near the Evergreen State College campus. Identifying characteristics of this tree include the large branches that droop slightly before curving upward into a ‘J’ shape. The bark has grey outer coloring that transitions to reddish brown color on the inside. Bark commonly known for peeling off in long fibrous strips off the trunk.
Thuja plicata 'Stoneham Gold'
Not native, planted in a garden.
About 3.5 feet wide, lower branches covered in moss.
Bark was purple, and red-ish when pealed. Bark also peeled in fiber type vertical strands. Branches fairly long (~2-3m) and were in a type of a 'J' shape covered in Lichens.
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.