How Big Should Cedars Be for Planting a Hedge?

March 30th, 2022
How Big Should Cedars Be for Planting a Hedge?

Determining the size of the cedars to plant for your hedge is mainly dependent on your patience and your budget. There is no magic size that is the best for growing a good hedge. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about cedar hedging in general terms. 

Popular Cedars for Hedges

Cedars like Western Red Cedars or Emerald Cedars (neither are which are technically real cedars of the genus Cedrus) make great hedges that are very popular on the Lower Mainland. They do very well in our mild, oceanic climate, which is equivalent to USDA Garden Zones 7-9. 

Consider Planting Smaller Cedars

If you plant smaller cedars, they will be less expensive (more budget friendly) than if you plant larger ones. However, smaller cedars will take a little longer to fill in the space you want. Everything grows fast out here, so smaller ones may take an extra year or two or three to completely fill your space. 

Consistent Spacing for All Cedars

No matter what size cedars you plant, the distance between the shrubs should be the same. You should not plant them closer just because they are smaller. So, if you are very impatient, plant larger ones. If you can wait a little longer, then plant smaller ones. 

Caring for Newly Planted Cedars

The care of the newly planted cedars will be the same whether you plant small or large ones. They need lots of water, sun, and a few inches of mulch would be a kindness. If you have any questions about newly planted cedars, 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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