Thuja Hedging

Thuja hedging plants (also known as Western Red Cedar hedging, Northern White Cedar or Arborvitae) are a versatile group of evergreen hedges. Our Thuja hedging plants are available in a very wide selection of sizes to suit all requirements and budgets:

  • Rootball hedging plants are available from October until late April while they are dormant.
  • Potted hedging is available for planting all year, as there is no root disturbance they will always establish quickly.
  • Instant hedging is available if you need really fast coverage. They are available in a range of sizes up to 200cm.

Delivery is free on orders over £50.

Although rather less common than Leylandii and slightly slower growing, Thuja is a great choice for an evergreen conifer hedge as it regenerates from old wood if cut back hard occasionally. 

Explore the options below, and if you have any questions about Thuja hedging, call our hedging experts on 01580 765600

More Information on Thuja Hedging

Thuja hedging is one of the easier conifers to identify – just look closely at the glossy evergreen foliage and you will see it arranged in flattened sprays, almost like miniature fans. Rub the leaves and they give off a distinctive pleasant scent (some say pineapple, some say pear drops).

Thuja hedging plants are suitable for a wide range of hedge sizes, from lower screens of 120-150cm right up to several metres or more. Thuja hedges are fast-growing and (unlike similar conifer hedges like Leylandii) can regenerate from old wood even if cut back hard. 

Thuja hedges grow solid and dense, which makes it a great hedging plant to use in exposed areas, providing shelter and shade for people and small animals. They can also be trimmed to form sharp borders and creative shapes, so whether you need hedges or topiaries, Thuja hedging is an excellent choice.

There are several types of Thuja hedging, each possessing slightly different properties:

For more information on the types of Thuja available, see our guide to Types of Thuja Hedging.

Planting Conditions and Care Instructions for Thuja Hedge

Thuja hedging is very easy to grow. It doesn’t need lots of sun and thrives well in shady conditions. It tolerates any soil conditions, from thin and chalky to heavy clay, as long as it isn’t completely waterlogged. Thuja hedges also fare well in exposed areas, where they can provide necessary shelter and screening. 

To ensure your Thuja hedge doesn’t turn brown, water well and occasionally feed with liquid fertiliser. 

As the Thuja hedge is a particular species of coniferous plant, it can sometimes be a popular target for Cypress Aphids. Follow the link to learn how this can be dealt with. 

A Thuja hedge doesn’t need to be pruned too often –  it will look sharp and tidy with one or two trims a year, once in Spring and once in Autumn. Thuja hedges also benefit from being hard-pruned occasionally. See our guide on When to Trim a Thuja Hedge for more information.