Why Are Cedars the Perfect Choice for the Lower Mainland?

December 26th, 2023
Why Are Cedars the Perfect Choice for the Lower Mainland?

Cedars are a common choice for hedging on the Lower Mainland. In today’s blog article we are going to discuss why cedars are a perfect choice for this area. 

The Misconception about Cedars

Before we get into this discussion, we want to be clear that the cedars used for hedging are not true cedars of the genus Cedrus. The cedars used for hedging are called “cedars” but they are shrubs and trees from the genus Thuja, and look like true cedars. 

Native Adaptation

The first and most important reason why these cedars are perfect for the Lower Mainland is that they are native to British Columbia. These cedars have evolved to do well here in our mild, oceanic climate. It is always a plus to choose native plants because they are already part of the natural ecosystem. 

Evergreen Advantage

Another reason to choose cedars is that they are evergreen. They do not drop leaves in the winter like deciduous hedging choices, which makes them better for privacy and winter windbreaks. 

Cedars can be left to look more natural and shaggy, or they can be pruned to be perfectly neat. They will do well no matter how you shape them. 

Urban Heat Island Mitigation

Having long rows of large cedars reduces heat islands in urban areas. One of the problems in urban areas is concrete and dark surfaces which make these urban areas warmer than green areas. Cedars help to reduce heat islands. 

Curb Appeal and Property Value

They add curb appeal to your home or property. Cedars are understood by everyone to have the advantages noted above and therefore add value to your property if you ever want to sell. 

Cedars really are the perfect solution for hedging on the Lower Mainland, and we encourage you to seriously consider having them. 

For new 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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