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"Hedged" Excelsa Cedar (scroll down)
Thuja Plicata Excelsa
Excelsa Cedar at our river growing fields.
Buy directly from the grower and get the freshest, healthiest trees at the best prices.
No other nursery or landscape company in Western Washington has the quantity, quality and selection of Excelsa Cedar that we do.
Sizes & Prices below.
The Excelsa Cedar is a beautiful, bushy tree that is often used when a "two story" privacy screen is necessary (unlike the Emerald Green Arborvitae, which are "one story" trees). The Excelsa Cedar are natural-looking, good-smelling, indigenous cedar trees, suitable for rural, semi-rural and some urban settings. You can start small and let them grow, or have larger trees planted for "Instant Privacy". Excelsas can be left to grow naturally or pruned into a beautiful hedge (see "Hedged Excelsa Cedar" section below).
Mature Height: 30-35 ft.
Mature Width: Approximately 15 ft.
Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun.
Growth Rate: Medium/fast, 2-3' a year once established, depending on growing conditions.
"Instant Privacy" Spacing: These trees can be spaced on 4, 6, or 8' centers (meaning the trunks of each tree are 4', 6', or 8' apart) or wider. Some people want them even closer than that in order to maximize the 'Instant Privacy", while others will put them wider in order to cut down on the cost.
What to Expect the First Year: As with all newly-planted trees, these need to be watered carefully through the first Spring/Summer--see our "Care of Your Trees" section for more details. Not as much growth the first year because the tree is putting its efforts into its root system. This includes interior foliage which can make the trees not as full as they were in the field. Some small branches that were broken during installation will turn brown (cut them off or just leave them and they will fall off). See the note in the next section concerning bronzing.
Comments: Like all cedars, these trees can have "bronze" coloring in the Winter; the extent of this bronzing depends on a number of factors and is usually more extensive for newly-planted trees. They also naturally have some interior "flagging"--small dead branches. Nothing unhealthy about it, just different from the look of the tree the rest of the year. During very extended periods of wet weather, they may experience "cedar blight" which is not fatal but can affect how they look (and also can be treated if necessary). Excelsa Cedar may be left "natural", or may be pruned on sides and/or top to create a hedge (see "Hedged Excelsas" below).
Excelsa Cedar "Before" & "After" photo, with 9-10' Excelsa Cedar on 5' centers (right photo) replacing the poor-looking arborvitae.
This house was for sale and purchasers were turned off by the view of the campers. The Excelsas screened most of the campers and showed that all a purchaser would have to do is wait and that view would be gone. We work a lot with people selling properties. One Agent told us that 50% of listings have privacy issues.
Sizes & Prices
Excelsa Cedar "Starter" Trees
These are nice 5-6' Excelsa Cedar trees that we plant in our fields when we start a new crop and we also order extra to sell to the public.
These are a good size for a homeowner to plant themselves. These trees can be "Hedged" or left "Natural".
Customers can pick-up these trees at the farm, have them delivered, and we can also plant these trees for you.
5-6' Tall B&B "Starter" Excelsa Cedars $69.95 each; $64.95 for orders of 10 trees or more.
Available October, 2023
Please Note: The below trees are only available if we or a landscape professional also does the planting. Why?
7-8' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $165.00
8-10' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $265.00
10-12' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $385.00 Summer Sale Price: $295.00 (photo below)
12-14' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $485.00
14-16' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $585.00
16-18' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $685.00 Sold Out
18-20' Tall B&B (Grade A Heavy) $825.00
Please note that our supply of trees is constantly changing; please contact us to confirm availability. (06/12/23)
10-12' Excelsa Cedar
"Hedged" Excelsa Cedar
"Side" and "Front" views of our Hedged Excelsa Cedars at our River Growing Fields.
While many people simply let their Excelsa Cedars grow naturally, Excelsas also make a very attractive hedge. Excelsa hedges can be kept to a desired height and width by pruning each year (see "Mature Height" and "Mature Width" notes below). To help people achieve a hedge as fast as possible, each year we prune the sides of some of the Excelsa Cedar we are growing. These are our "Hedged" Excelsas. You can see this in the photo above.
Note: When "hedging" trees it is important to start pruning when the trees are small. Stated another way, if you wait to hedge the trees until they are larger, when you trim the trees you will see too much of the brown interior and main branches (see photo below). So if you want a tall hedge your choices are to start with smaller trees and prune them into a hedge as they grow, or use these "pre-hedged" trees which get you a tall hedge much quicker. No matter which way you go you will need to prune the trees each year after they are planted (see pruning notes below).
Trying to prune large trees into a hedge results in dead material and trunks being exposed.
Mature Hedged Height: Hedged to desired height; 8' or taller.
Mature Hedged Width: Hedged to desired width; 4' minimum, wider is better.
See other "Attributes" --Soil, Sunlight, What to Expect the First Year, etc. --in main section above.
Pruing: Will need to be pruned each year.
Please Note: The below trees are only available if we or another landscape professional also does the planting. Why?
10-12' "Hedged" Excelsa Cedar $485.00 Sold Out
12-14' "Hedged" Excelsa Cedar $585.00 Limited Number Available
14-16' "Hedged" Excelsa Cedar $685.00 Limited Number Available
16-18' "Hedged" Excelsa Cedar $825.00 Sold Out
18-20' "Hedged" Excelsa Cedar $925.00 Limited Number Available
20'+' " Hedged" Excelsa Cedar $1,050.00 Sold Out
Please note that our supply of trees is constantly changing; please contact us to confirm availability. (02/24/23)
Delivery & Planting Available
We deliver and plant these trees. "Planting" includes a watering system, staking if necessary, and a one year warranty for no additional charge. Our planting "Service Area" is the greater Puget Sound area of Western Washington: Bellingham, Mt. Vernon, Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Shoreline, Bothell, Seattle & the "East Side"--Bellevue, Woodinville, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc.--Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Tacoma, south to Olympia and all points in between; plus Highway 2 to Leavenworth & Wenatchee. If you are not in this area, sorry but we will not be able to plant for you.
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Planting "starter" Excelsas at our river growing fields.
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This Chart helps you easily compare mature sizes, growing conditions, etc.
for all of our privacy trees.
See our Trees Growing in the Fields!
We have a beautiful 8 minute drone video of our Snohomish tree farm
with many of the trees identified. Click here
Studies: Trees Add Value to Property
Privacy Trees: We are a nursery tree farm specializing in Privacy Trees for screening. We sell retail & wholesale, for residential and commercial projects and we "deliver & plant" our trees. Our most common project is planting a line of privacy trees for a homeowner. We have several thousand privacy trees growing at our Snohomish farm. Plus we have many years' experience in "what works where", professional planting services, ongoing support, and thousands of satisfied customers. Buying directly from a grower has great advantages--fresh trees, great selection, and low prices--you maximize your purchasing power. We also have privacy trees that are not available elsewhere, such as our "Hedged Privacy Trees" and "Thin Man" Arborvitae. You can see our hedged and natural privacy trees in our beautiful 8 minute YouTube Farm Video.
Ornamental Trees: We also have a nice selection of Ornamental Trees, with many of our trees being on the "Great Plant Picks" list for the Pacific Northwest.
Delivery & Planting: We usually deliver & plant our trees for Customers. Click here for more information.
Free Estimates: We will help you determine which trees are right for your project, and provide you with free, no-obligation estimates. This is often accomplished by e-mail and phone, usually first using our online Free Estimate Request Form. Where necessary, we will send one of our experts out to review the project (no cost or obligation). More information
Location: We’re conveniently located just 15 minutes north of Woodinville. We are a farm, not a retail nursery so we don't keep regular retail hours; instead we set up appointments so that we can focus on your project. So please set-up an appointment instead of "just coming out". Here's a link to our "Directions" page.
Covid-19 Precautions: In accordance with the Governor's directives we have made some changes in the way we do things. For a detailed break-down of these steps please see our "Covid-19 Precautions" webpage.
Payment: We don’t require any money “up front”—you only pay when the job is completed (unusual exceptions to this are large/special projects or lengthy “holds” on trees). Be careful of contractors asking for “up front” money; they might not come back!
Warranty & Support: When we plant your trees we include staking (if necessary), transplanting fertilizer, and an easy-to-use watering system that hooks into your garden hose. More information. We also give a one year Warranty on trees we plant, for no additional charge. More information We have a detailed “Care of Your Trees” section of our website, and provide ongoing support--we're available to answer your questions as your new trees grow. More information
Customer Service: We pride ourselves on our Customer Service—real people answering the phone. We have an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau (their highest rating), are an Angie's List Super Service Award winner, have excellent reviews on Yelp, Google, etc. and a 100% satisfaction rating with eBay.
Our Business: We’ve been in business since 1995 and have a dedicated, experienced staff, most of whom have been with us for many years. See: "About Us" for our history. We are a registered Washington State contractor (License Number: NURSEL*956J1). More information Be sure to hire a registered contractor -- to go to the Department of Labor & Industries website to check a contractor's registration, click here. As it says there: "Unregistered contractors carry no bond or insurance to protect consumers. Consumers can face serious issues if anything goes wrong on a job." These liability risks are in addition to fraud, poor workmanship, worthless warranties, etc. We are fully bonded and insured, of course.
Customer Satisfaction: Most important of all is what our customers think of us:
"I am really pleased with your work. You saved me several thousand dollars, steered me away from trees that wouldn't work, provided healthy and beautiful trees, did a great job planting them, and did everything on time and on schedule. You can quote me." Jo, Vashon Island
"Our privacy bank of trees has done nothing but grow well into maturity. Our back yard and deck area is totally private and the 10 trees your team planted [in 2005] are rich, leathery and dark green. We remark on them every day it seems. Please include me in any of your "Testimonials" as you would be hard pressed to find a more satisfied customer." Jim, Port Orchard
"For quality vs. value, your trees are the best landscape purchase I’ve ever made." Jeff, Seattle
"Michael, I just wanted to pass along a note to tell you how thrilled I am with the trees. The effect they have brought to our new courtyard in the front of our home here in Seattle has exceeded my expectations!" Chip Hanauer, Hydroplane Driver--Click Here to see his project.
"I work in customer service so I know good service when I experience it and you have my top rating. I would definitely recommend you to anyone who needs new landscaping. Thanks again.” Carol, Camano Island
"The [new] trees were a great privacy feature when we sold the last house! We now have a much larger space we want to talk with you about . . " Katherine, Fall City
“My compliments to your crew. We’ve had a lot of contractors working on our house recently and we’ve seen the entire range; and your guys were excellent. The trees make things look so much better—I started smiling as soon as I saw them going in." Holly, Queen Anne
"You guys are the best nursery I've ever done business with! And I have dealt with a few. You did what you said you would, on time with attention to detail rarely found. From the beginning of the quote process all the way through to the last detail you made it easy. And you work to ensure that the trees will thrive after planting with detailed advice, a complementary irrigation system, and a website filled with useful information. Most nurseries will just dump off the goods and tell you best of luck, put some water on them. You provide a quality product that sets you apart. Your crew was friendly, polite and operated as a well organized team. I would recommend you without hesitation! Thanks for doing a great job!” Ryan, Buckley
"We can not believe how beautiful your trees are. The privacy is unbelievable. If you ever need a testimonial let us know. Our yard is perfect! We sit there and say "my oh my”! Suzanne, Tacoma
"I don't think I've ever been as happy with something I've purchased." Sarah, Sammamish
Many More Testimonials (click here)
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20 minutes from I-405/Bothell-Woodinville
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Serving Washington State Since 1995
13510 Old Snohomish-Monroe Road
Snohomish, WA 98290
(425) 953-5780 fax
Sales by "Appointment Only", please
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