The western redcedar (Thuja plicata) belongs to Cupressaceae (the Cypress family). It is a tall evergreen tree that is native to west coast of North America. This tree grows in the open forests, and it can reach up to 65-70 m in height and 3-4 m in trunk diameter. It is long-lived, some individuals can live well over a thousand years. The crown is pyramidal shaped. The barks are grayish, and furrowed into relatively narrow strips. The foliage forms flat sprays with scale-like leaves in opposite pairs, and the foliage sprays are green above, and green marked with whitish stomatal bands below. The fruits are small erect cones, 1-1.5 cm long, and they are green to yellow-green, ripening brown in fall. It is the Provincial tree of British Columbia.