Atlantic white-cedar Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis
thyoides (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
|Leaf: Evergreen and scaly, 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, blue-green with white margins. Glandular on the back. Lateral pairs have pointed, spreading tips. Facial pairs are closely pressed. Very aromatic when crushed.
Flower: Species is monoecious; male flowers are red to yellow and very small; female flowers are small and green; appearing in spring.
Fruit: Cones are 1/4 inch in diameter, blue or purple and glaucous, usually with 4 or 5 scales, maturing in fall.
Twig: Covered in tight green scales, turning brown.
Bark: Thin and fibrous, somewhat peeling, ashy gray to red-brown.
Form: When young, grows as a slender column, eventually spire-like. Branchlets are slender and irregularly arranged (not as flattened sprays).
Looks like: Sawara-cedar
- Hinoki falsecypress
- northern white-cedar
- Leyland cypress
| Additional Range Information:
Chamaecyparis thyoides is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Atlantic white-cedar.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson