Native to California and Oregon this large evergreen conifer has a columnar habit making it unmistakable.
Introduced in 1853 it won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
Resembling Thuja when young this superb truly fastigiate conifer is often overlooked but it makes a fabulous impact in garden verge or park with no ongoing maintenance issues.
Perfect as a specimen tree or grown in avenues it has dark green leaves crowded into fan-like sprays with oval hanging cones.
There are few trees that offer such formality so they can be used to give a garden heightened architectural merit.
It grows well on most soils and is well suited to growing in the UK.
Mature height: 17-22m
Mature spread: 4-8m