Thuja plicata ‘Zebrina’

Zebrina Western red cedar

variegated Western red cedar

Outstanding Qualities

This is not your typical Western red cedar which grows so abundantly in the Pacific Northwest. This selection has bright variegated green and creamy golden-yellow foliage. From afar the whole tree seems to shimmer in a gilded veneer. Up-close the whimsical pattern of variegation is banded or striped, thus giving the appearance reminiscent of a zebra's stripes, hence the moniker.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, burgundy, purple, silver, violet

Great Color Partners: dark green, green

Culture Notes

Plant in full sun or light to open shade for best color and water regularly until established; after that provide supplemental water every 10 to 14 days during the dry season. Although the species, Thuja plicata, is very adaptable to different soil types and drainage, it is best to provide 'Zebrina' with a planting site where the soil is either average, clay, or sandy and well-drained.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering