Thuja trees, commonly known as Cedar or Arborvitae trees, are coniferous evergreens that have scale-like leaves arranged in flattened groupings, creating an attractive fan-shaped appearance. We offer Thuja suitable for any sized garden in a variety of colours from rich greens to warm golden yellows.
The Thuja trees in this range have been carefully selected for their suitability for any sized gardens, including small gardens. Although some Cedar have a reputation for reaching large heights and getting a bit wild, the trees here are relatively small-scale and low maintenance. The smallest we offer (Thuja occidentalis 'Danica' Conifer) grows to just 1 x 0.5 metres.
Cedar trees are typically slightly pyramidal in shape, but their compact foliage can be trimmed to suit your planting scheme and we think they look particularly good in a border or on a patio.
Thuja is a genus of conifers, consisting of five species and a large number of cultivars. It includes both Western Red Cedars and Northern White Cedars. The name Thuja was given to this group of trees by Swedish botanist Linnaeus in 1753 and it derives from the Greek word "thuo" meaning "sacrifice" as when animals were sacrificed Thuja wood would often be burned alongside them to add a pleasant aroma to the fire.
Thuja wood is light, soft and resistant to decay and is commonly used in the production of fence posts, building cladding (it's more often known as Western Red Cedar when used for building purposes).
Their needles were used (primarily in Canada where it grew prolifically) to make a tea which was thought to prevent and treat scurvy. The oil found in Thuja leaves is used for medicinal purposes, an is thought to have anti-rheumatic, insect repellent, astringent and diuretic qualities.