Whipcord Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’)

Whipcord Western Red Cedar

  • Unique Weeping Shape
  • Color Changing Evergreen
  • Easy to Care For
  • Long Lasting

An interesting mop-head of the evergreen world, the Whipcord Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’) maintains a rounded, globe-like form of thick, threadlike tendrils. The long foliage pushes up from the center, weeping out and downward, creating its interesting look.

The Whipcord Western Red Cedar is a native American plant, originating from the Pacific Northwest. Amongst other interesting facts, the Whipcord is a relatively recently discovered cultivar, from a chance seedling in 1986.

While actually a cultivar of the arborvitae tree, the Whipcord Western Red Cedar maintains its shrub-like form throughout its long life-span of up to 50 years. This cultivar is deer resistant.

The quirky Whipcord’s prized foliage also changes color! In the Summer months, expect glossy green foliage. As the temperatures cool for Winter, watch the foliage turn an eye-catching bronze-green hue.

A naturally dwarf, mounded evergreen shrub, the slow-growing Whipcord Western Red Cedar reaches a mature height and spread of 4 to 5 feet. This easy to care for the plant does prefer full to partial sun exposure.

The Whipcord Western Red Cedar would work wonderfully as a single, specimen plant in your landscape, or planted in groups for additional appeal. Imagine a few planted amongst the larger stones in your rock garden.

Wherever you choose to plant the Whipcord Western Red Cedar, it’s sure to be a talking point!

Whipcord Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’) Details

Common name Whipcord Western Red Cedar
Botanical name Thuja plicata 'Whipcord'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 5-7
Growth rate Slow
Height 4 - 5 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Tolerates Wet Soils
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring