The native range of Western Red Cedar extends along the Pacific coast from Northern California to Southeast Alaska. Occurs inland from the coast up the western slope of the Cascades to 3,500 feet elevation, usually in moist soils. Found along the east slope of the Cascades in Northeastern Washing-ton at less than 5,000 feet.
Western Red Cedar can grow to over 150 feet tall with a trunk diameter up to 6 feet in a good, open site. Can grow in the shade as an understory species but at a much slower rate. Western Red Cedar is an ecological, economic, and culturally valuable species in the region, it is a vital component of healthy, functioning riparian habitats. Mature trees provide shade, stream-side stabilization and wildlife habitat.