Thuja plicata 'Holly Turner' / Holly Turner Western Red cedar

Thuja plicata 'Holly Turner' is a broad weeping selection of Western Red cedar. It has an upright, contorted leader and descending side branches. The foliage grows in attractive medium green sprays which is typical of the species. Typical rate of growth in most areas is 6 to 12 inches (15 - 30 cm) per year, mostly outward, resulting in a loose mound, 8 feet (2.4 m) tall and 12 feet (3.6 m) wide after 10 years in the landscape.

Bill Janssen (1942 - 2007), co-owner of Collector's Nursery, Vancouver, Washington is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar in the late 1990s. He named the plant in memory of Holly Turner, Whidbey Island, Washington. She was an alumna of the horticulture program at Edmonds Community College, Edmonds, Washington. Holly died of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) in 1997.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012, Kingsblue Press

Thuja plicata 'Holly Turner' at Porterhowse Farms, Sandy, Oregon. This is very likely one of the original propagations.
Photo by Henk van Kempen

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