Common name: Western Red Cedar
Thuja plicata, a native tree, which can grow to over 70m in height, is the cornerstone of West Coast First Nations’ culture. Important for healing and spiritual purposes, it is also used to make canoes, totem poles, masks, bentwood boxes, hats and house posts. It is not a true cedar but is a member of the Cypress Family (Cupressaceae). It is the BC provincial tree.
Leaf photo by Walter Siegmund, via Wikimedia Commons