WESTERN RED CEDAR
Bark is grey to reddish brown, ridged and fissured. It tears off in long strips.
Leaves are scale-like, glossy, and yellowish-green. They are opposite, overlapping and pressed to the stem in a way that looks like a flattened braid.
Pollen cones are minute (tiny), numerous and red.
Seed cones are about 1 cm long, egg-shaped and in loose clusters. Young seed cones are green. Mature green cones become brown, woody and turn upwards.
The branches of Western redcedar trees are J-shaped: they spread or droop and then turn upwards towards the tips. The bases of mature trees are often fluted and buttressed.