Choosing the Right Cedars for Hedges

December 22nd, 2022
Choosing the Right Cedars for Hedges

The two most common cedars used for hedging on the Lower Mainland are Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, and Emerald Cedars, Thuja occidentalisSmaragd.” In today’s blog article we are going to talk about how to choose between them for the best results for your specific application. 

Western Red Cedar 

Either of the cedar hedges mentioned here today will grow well on the Lower Mainland, but there are a few slight differences. For one thing the Western Red Cedar can tolerate a bit more shade or partial shade than the Emerald Cedar. 

Also, the Western Red Cedar is a larger shrub/tree. It will get bigger in both height and width than the Emerald, and will likely need more pruning over its lifetime. 

Emerald Cedar 

The Emerald Cedar is a brighter green colour and overall is a more compact specimen. That means they would need to be planted closer together, but would not require as much pruning—or barely any at all. 

The Emerald will do best in full sun and will keep its same colour all year round, while the Western Red Cedar may bronze a bit in the winter. 

Both of these types of shrubs will offer a dense evergreen wall when planted in a row. They will not only offer privacy and noise reduction, but they also offer a place for birds to nest and shelter all year round. 

For either of these types of cedar hedging, give us a call on the Lower Mainland at (778) 241-5664. This is our business and area of expertise.


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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