Cedars are virtually disease and pest resistant. Cedars look great as a single specimen, planted in clusters to create privacy or in containers. They are the number one choice for an evergreen hedge. 

Cedar Care
They prefer well drained soil and full sun to part shade. They grow well in full sun but tend to have a more open and ratty appearance when grown in shade.
Fertilize your cedar hedge in the early spring when flowers and plants are blooming. Refrain from fertilizing the hedge in late summer, as the hedge will require rest for dormancy during the winter.

After the tree matures you will notice an accumulation of dead foliage on the inside of the plant. This is expected and is like ‘needle drop’ on other evergreens. It may be more noticeable in the fall when this natural process of senescence takes place.

Flowers
Arborvitae are monoecious have separate sexes on the same plant. The male flowers are yellow and drop off in the spring. Female flowers are greenish and they are the ones that produce cones. Sometimes you will find plants with lots of cones. It could be that the plant just has an overabundance of female flowers or sometimes it is a sign of plant stress.

 

Pruning
 Cedar hedges won’t need to be pruned the first year or when they are under 3 feet. As hedges mature, start pruning your cedar hedge in early spring. Use the shortest plant as a guide, and trim off tops to match, then do a light trim on the sides. If your goal is to encourage more height, don’t trim the the leader, or topmost, shoot, or just prune a few inches of growth to encourage both height and fullness.  Avoid pruning in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. To keep plants healthy, never cut more than one-third of the plant in one season.

Port Kells Nurseries has over 80,000 hedging cedars growing on it’s 37 acres.
One of our staff members would be happy to help you find the one that is right for you 

 

Emerald Cedar

Emerald Cedar

 

 The emerald  is an evergreen cedar with bright green colour to its foliage which darkens as it ages.

It can be kept at 1.5-1.8 meters (5 – 6 feet)or reach a height of 6 meters (20 feet) and have a spread of about 1.2 meters (4 feet).

They make an excellent screen, and can grow at a rate of about 30 centimeters (1 foot) per year. 

It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn’t necessarily require facer plants in front. 

This conifer is ideal for single plantings or great to form a lush green hedge.

The ideal spacing to form a good solid hedge is 60 centimeters  (2 feet) apart (centre to centre)

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Pyramidal Cedar

 

The pyramidal arborvitae is a slender evergreen tree with a bright green color to its foliage, which darkens as it ages.

It can be kept at 1.5-1.8 meters (5 – 6 feet) or let grow to a height of 4.6 meters (15 feet) and have a spread of about 1.2 m (4 feet).

They make an excellent screen and can grow at a rate of 30 centimeters (1 foot) per year. 

The lush foliage makes it an attractive plant year round.

It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn’t necessarily require facer plants in front. 

The ideal spacing to form a good solid hedge is 60 centimeters  (2 feet) apart (centre to centre)

See our Hedging Cedar Planting Tip  page

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Pyramidal Cedar

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar

 

Western Red Cedar is an excellent choice for larger hedges or a larger individual conifer. 

It is one of the fastest growing cedars. It grows between 30 – 60 centimeters  (1-2 feet) per year.

As a hedge it will make an excellent wind and noise breaker.

It can be kept as an hedge from 1.8 – 2.4 meters (6 – 7  feet) or let grow to a taller hedge.

It requires more width-space 1.2 m (4 feet) and can be planted from 60 centimeters to 1.5  meteres (2 – 5 feet) apart.

See our Hedging Cedar Planting Tip  page

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