Advantages of Hedging Cedars

May 20th, 2022
Advantages of Hedging Cedars

Arborvitae is another term for the genus, Thuja, which contains the most common evergreen hedging plants called cedars. These are not true cedars such as within the genus, Cedrus, but they are still usually called cedars or hedgerow cedars. There are many advantages to planting these Thuja cedars for your hedge. In today’s blog we are going to list them for you here.


Cedar hedging provides privacy in two ways. First, these cedars create a thick wall when they are used as hedging. Second, they are evergreen, so they so do not drop any leaves in the winter.

Property Value

Cedar hedging increases property value because cedars look classy, they are long-lived, low maintenance, and they give excellent privacy. For property resale value, cedar hedging is big plus.

Birds and Butterflies 

Thuja cedars offer shelter to local birds and butterflies. Many birds nest in them because they are dense and evergreen. Some birds will even eat their seeds or immature cones. There are around 200 species of butterflies in British Columbia, and you will many of them on your hedge in the Lower Mainland. There are even some mammals that will find shelter under a cedar hedge.

The two most common cedars used for cedar hedging are Thuja plicata and Thuja occidentalis “Smaragd.” Either of these would be an excellent choice for your new hedge.


If you have any questions about the advantages of using Thuja cedars for hedging or you are interested in planting a hedge this summer, give us a call on the Lower Mainland at (778) 241-5664, as cedar hedging is our business. 


Pacific West Cedars, based in Langley, British Columbia, farms, supplies, and installs cedar hedging on the Lower Mainland. They offer two kinds of cedars plus boxwoods: Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), and Emerald Cedars (Thuja occidentalis “Smaragd”). They work with landscapers, contractors, and also directly with the public. 

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cedars, we encourage you to call us at (778) 241-5664.


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