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Least Concern (LC)

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Cupressaceae -- Cypress family

    Don Minore

    Western redcedar (Thuja plicata), also called Pacific redcedar,  giant-cedar, arborvitae, canoe-cedar, and shinglewood, is the only Thuja  species native to western North America. Extant redcedar volumes are  estimated to be 824 million m³ (29 billion ft³) in British  Columbia (43) and 228 million m³ (8 billion ft³) in the United  States (16). Most of this volume is in mature trees, which have tapered,  often-fluted bases, drooping branches, thin fibrous bark, and small  scalelike leaves arrayed in flat sprays. Many have forked tops. They often  reach ages of 800 to 1,000 years. One particularly large specimen in  Washington has a d.b.h. of 592 cm (233 in), a height of 54.3 m (178 ft),  and a crown spread of 16.5 m (54 ft). The wood is valuable and extensively  used in a wide variety of products.

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Source: Silvics of North America

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