Thuja plicata ‘Zebrina’
Zebrina Western red cedar
variegated Western red cedar
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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.
Plant Type: pyramidal conifer
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 50 ft. 0 in. (15.24 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering
Seasonal Interest: year-round colorful foliage
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.
- Geek Notes
- Although the origin of this cultivar is unknown, Arthur Lee Jacobson, in his book North American Landscape Trees, writes, "…likely Holland in the 1860's" and "Named 'Zebrina' ca. 1900 (from Portuguese zibru, and Latin zebra)." There are many synonyms of this cultivar and may be sold under a number of them, although 'Zebrina' has become more commonly used since the 1980's.