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Chamaecyparis thyoides

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Evergreens, Conifers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand

Height: 40'-80'

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: green

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: bog plant, evergreen, fragrant plant, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant

Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar)

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Description

Chamaecyparis thyoides

Also known as:

Atlantic white cedar

,

white cedar

,

southern white cedar

,

swamp cedar

,

false cedar

,

juniper

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Atlantic white cedar is an aromatic, columnar evergreen that can reach 75' or more in height. It is long lived with some old growth specimens having been found to be 1,000 years old. The evergreen, scale-like leaves are blue-green and fan out. Broken limbs will not regenerate, so the lower trunk of mature trees is often bare. Flowers are inconspicuous, seeds are borne in cones.

Cultivation

Most remaining natural stands of Chamaecyparis thyoidesr are native to Atlantic and Gulf coast lowlands. It is perfectly adapted to wet boggy conditions where the roots may be subjected to prolonged periods of flooding. It can withstand some drought but prefers consistently moist soil. These swampy environments are often nutrient poor and highly acidic. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate from softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings. To propagate from seed, sow in a mixture in peat moss and keep consistently moist. Seed germination rate is low.

Additional Notes

The wood of the white cedar has long been valued commercially. It is lightweight, straight-grained, resistant to rot and to insects, buoyant, fragrant and easily worked. Its uses include out door furniture, siding, boat construction, exterior posts, pilings and more... Saplings should be protected from deer who find them to be a delicacy and can easily graze them to death.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Extirpated: PA
  • Rare: GA, NY
  • Special Concern: ME

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Coniferophyta Conifers
Class Pinopsida
Subclass
Order Pinales
Family Cupressaceae Cypress family
Genus Chamaecyparis cedar
Species Chamaecyparis thyoides Atlantic white cedar