Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata is a large tree of the west coast of
North America where it may be found growing in forests with Douglas Fir and
Western Hemlock. Its bark is reddish and shreds easily and the base of the
tapering trunk is flared and ridged. The leaves are small and pressed
closely to the twigs as in other members of this family. Pacific coast
peoples made totem poles of Western Red Cedar and also canoes and houses.
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