If you are used to the common Arborvitae, you will not recognize this cultivar. Thuja plicata ‘filiformis’ looks like a firework explosion with threadlike foliage that radiates from a central point. A few of the branches are jointed. Not quite sure how big this is expected to get but similar cultivars talk about 2-3 feet high and wide, with growth rates of 2-4″ a year. Others says that at maturity it is 6′ tall. Leaves have a yellow-green coloration, with reddish-brown stems.
Pronunciation: THOO-yuh ply-KAY-tuh
Species Meaning: Folded, pleated
Thuja plicata is an important tree to the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest and is sometimes called “Canoe Tree” because of its use as a material for Native American canoes. It is also used for guitar sound boards.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P19041
Found in Conifer Forest,
It is right by the path by the Portal.
We acquired this plant from Al's Garden Center.