Also called Pacific redcedar, giant cedar, giant arborvitae, western arborvitae, and shinglewood.  Do not confuse with ◼︎ eastern red cedar  Juniperus virginiana.

Part of arborvitae/cedar  genus Thuja in cypress  family Cupressaceae.

Native to North America's Pacific Northwest (Cascadia).   🌎︎ Map (scroll down) 🌎︎ Map (.pdf).   🌲︎ Provincial tree of British Columbia.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Wood from this tree was split to make wooden shingles.  Remaining old-growth wood still coming to market is used to make 🎸︎ guitars, ukuleles and mandolins.

Thuja hosts caterpillars of 49 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Learn more about ◼︎ western redcedar Thuja plicata

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