Thuja plicata 'filiformis'
Common Name: Threadleaf Western red cedar, American arborvitae
Thuja plicata 'filiformis' is a medium-sized tree with threadlike foliage. It is not a cedar; rather, it is a member of the cypress family. It can be found in the Canadian Heritage Garden, bed 137E, and was planted in 1994.
At a distance it looks like a grass, but a close-up view reveals a textural treat. Thanks to its heritage, you can look into arching thread-like leaves and twisting shaggy red bark. This open, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub is attractive year round, yet it is uncommon in gardens. It takes its time growing and eventually gets to a height and width of about 2 meters (6.5 feet).
Text and photos by Hughie Jones.