Woodward's Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Woodwardii'

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Woodward's Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Woodwardii') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Woodward's Cedar

Woodward's Cedar

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


An extremely popular landscape evergreen; forms a dense ball shape without pruning; soft texured; eventually grows quite large; excellent for use in home landscapes; hardy and very tough; shade tolerant; protect from drying winds.

Ornamental Features

Woodward's Cedar has green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Woodward's Cedar is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Woodward's Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Woodward's Cedar will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features