Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Chamaecyparis thyoides (L.) B.S.P.
Atlantic white cedar, Atlantic white-cedar
Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)
with narrow, pointed, spirelike crown and slender, horizontal branches. Atlantic white-cedar is a columnar, evergreen tree,
40-75 ft. high, (often taller in the wild), with short, ascending branches and blue-green, scale-like leaves on twigs spreading in a fan-like manner. At maturity, the trunk is devoid of branches for 3/4 of its length. Bark
is ashy-gray to reddish-brown.
Ancient logs buried in swamps have been mined and found to be well preserved and suitable for lumber. Pioneers prized the durable wood for log cabins, including floors and shingles. During the Revolutionary War, the wood produced charcoal for gunpowder. One fine forest is preserved at Green Bank State Forest in southern New Jersey. As an ornamental, this species is the hardiest of its genus
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf:
Bluish Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , ME , MD , MA , MS , NH , NJ , NY , NC , PA , RI , SC , VA Native Distribution:
Coastal Plain from s. ME to FL & MS Native Habitat:
Swamps & bogs, chiefly on coastal plain but extending inland to scattered localities USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Moist, sandy soil.
Conditions Comments: This species thrives in a cool, moist atmosphere where it is protected from drying winds. It is relatively free of serious disease or insect problems and not susceptible to apple-cedar rust. It does not compete with hardwood species.