Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic White Cedar)
Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic White Cedar), is an evergreen tree species native to the eastern United States. It is a slow-growing conifer that typically reaches heights of 40-50 feet, with a conical or columnar shape and a narrow crown.
The tree has a distinctive, aromatic scent and its bark is thin, red-brown, and peels off in long, fibrous strips. The leaves are scale-like, arranged in flattened sprays, and typically have a bluish-green color, although they may turn brown in winter. The tree produces small, round cones that are about 0.4 to 0.6 inches in diameter and have a woody texture.
Atlantic White Cedar is typically found in swampy areas, bogs, and wetlands, where it can tolerate waterlogged soil and partial shade. It is an important component of wetland ecosystems, providing habitat for many species of birds, mammals, and insects.
Due to over-harvesting and habitat loss, Atlantic White Cedar is considered a threatened species in many states and is protected by law. Its wood is highly valued for its durability and resistance to rot, and has been traditionally used for shingles, fencing, and boat-building. However, today its use is limited to specialty applications due to its protected status.
Botanical Name : Chamaecyparis thyoides
Common Name : Atlantic White Cedar
Height : 60-70 ft
Spread : 10-20 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 180-210 days cold stratification.
Hardiness zone : 4-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 18,750