Thuja plicata  #2 at Cathays Cemetery

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Thuja plicata
early February 2021

Grid reference ST 18383 78804
Common name Western red cedar
Origin West North America
Deciduous No
Map section L
Height 17M February 2021
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 629

This tree is adjacent to the north east boundary and the railway line. Close to the tree there a slight fragrance vaguely resembling Philadelphus. The fragrance is far more evident when some leaves are crushed.

Thuja plicata bark

Thuja plicata bark
early February 2021

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Thuja plicata foliage
early February 2021

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Thuja plicata foliage
early February 2021

Thuja plicata cone

Thuja plicata cones
early February 2021

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Thuja plicata female flowers
early March 2021

General tree description

Thuja plicata is a large or very large tree, up to 45 metres tall in Britain. It has a neat spire shape with a broad base of spreading branches. The bark is dark red-brown and has a shredding texture. The foliage is aromatic, giving a strong, sweet, fruity scent especially when crushed. It comprises flat 2D, drooping sprays of scale-like leaves, bright glossy green above, with green-white undersides. Tiny, pale yellow, inconspicuous male flowers emerge on the ends of the smallest shoots and in March they shed very fine pollen. Female flowers are reddish-purple and are followed by the cones. These are egg-shaped and approximately 15mm long. They are green to yellow-green, ripening to brown.