• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Thuja plicata 'Whipcord'

western red cedar 'Whipcord'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
western red cedar 'Whipcord'

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  • Other common names western red cedar 'Whipcord'

  • Family Cupressaceae

  • Genus Thuja are fast-growing evergreen trees of narrowly conical habit, with flat sprays of tiny, aromatic, scale-like leaves and small knobbly cones

  • Details 'Whipcord' is a compact, slow-growing conifer forming a flattened mound when young but gradually acquiring a more rounded shape, ultimately reaching a height and spread of 1.5m. The pendulous, whipcord-like branches bear small, scale-like, glossy green leaves pressed against the stems; these leaves often develop bronze shading in winter

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Pendulous/Weeping

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Toxicity Contact with foliage may irritate the skin

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Architectural Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests May be attacked by scale insects and conifer aphid

Diseases May be affected by coryneum canker (see Conifers: brown patches)

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