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THE EASTERN WHITE CEDAR

The indispensable cedar hedge

Thuja occidentalis is a native species commonly known as cedar, as common cedar, or as white arborvitae. It is undoubtedly the conifer mostly used in the making of high and dense hedges. Its green foliage will pale during winter, and its growth is rapid. Optimal conditions will allow a growth of 30 to 60 cm per year, once rooted. The roots are spread out, very fibrous and shallow. At full maturity, it can reach up to 12 to 18 m in height. An annual trim is thus necessary and will ideally be performed during summer. The Thuja occidentalis is hardy in zone 2.

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TYPE OF HABIT

  • Conical or columnar
  • Large

THE BLACK CEDAR

The hybrid cedar hedge

Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra' is a hybrid variety derived from eastern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis). This cultivar is popular for its appearance which remains dark green even during dormancy. Its habit is similar to the one of the white cedar, and is also mainly used in the making of hedges. Although smaller in size than white cedar, the eastern black cedar can reach up to 6 m in height, and to 3 m in width. An annual trim is therefore necessary. It should be noted that the ‘Nigra’ is more likely to produce seeds than is the white cedar.

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TYPE OF HABIT

  • Conical
  • Large

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FASTIGIATA COMPACTA CEDAR

High and colomnar, for more privacy

Thuja occidentalis 'Fastigiata Compacta' (or Pyramidalis Compacta) has a narrow and regular columnar habit. It is mostly used in the making of high hedges, or is rather planted in isolation.   It is hardy up to zone 2b, and does not tolerate shade very well, just like most cedars.  Its growth is rapid and can reach up to 9 m in height.  Its fibrous roots make transplanting quite easy. Attaining 1 m wide only at full maturity, 'Fastigiata Compacta' is an ideal selection for planting in a small yard. Although trimming the ‘Fastigiata Compacta’ seems quite easy, it remains somehow unnecessary for its well-maintenance.

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TYPE OF HABIT

  • Columnar
  • Narrow

BRANDON CEDAR

Unique by the density of its light green foliage

Thuja occidentalis 'Brandon' has narrow and columnar shape. Its growth is considered average and its foliage is thick and very dense. When reaching maturity, Thuya occidentalis 'Brandon' can reach up to 6 m in height. It is used in the making of high hedges, or is rather planted in isolation. Hardy up to zone 3, it does not tolerate shade very well, just like most cedars. Its fibrous roots make transplanting quite easy. Like 'Fastigiata compacta', it is an ideal selection for planting in a small yard. Although trimming ‘Brandon’ seems quite easy, it remains somehow unnecessary for the well-maintenance of this cultivar’s properties.

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TYPE OF HABIT

  • Narrow
  • Columnar

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EMERALD GREEN CEDAR

The emerald green pyramidal arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald’ is renowned for its bright green foliage. It is usually planted in isolation, but can also be planted in hedgerows. 'Smaragd' is planted in zone 5 in order to maintain its ornamental appearance, or in zone 4 - although protection against winter browning may be required. It tends to thin out more easily than other cedar varieties when placed within the shade, and hardly regenerates after having been damaged by wind, by the lack of light, or because of a severe pruning.  Besides, trimming is not necessary.

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TYPE OF HABIT

  • Pyramidal
  • Narrow and regular

HOLMSTRUP CEDAR

The rustic pyramidal cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup' has a compact and conical shape. It is a slow-growing variety that remains small with a maximum growth of about 3 m in height and 1 m in width. Holmstrup 'deserves to be better known as it is hardy until zone 2b: it is a variety of pyramidal cedar that would be preferred if you live north of Montreal. It is generally used for a focal point and mass planting but can also be used as a screen when planted in hedge. Trimming is not necessary.

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TYPE OF HABIT

  • Compact
  • Conical
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Born into a family of farmers, Gabriel Barbe represents the 4th generation of cultivators on the island of Laval. For having grown up on the farm, he took over from his grandfather Gérard Barbe in 2006, and established La Cédrière Barbe. The land constitute now nearly 150 000 cedar trees, also known as Arborvitae.

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