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Thuja occidentalis

Northern white-cedar or Arborvitae

Northern white-cedar is a slow growing native North American boreal tree. Arborvitae is its cultivated name and commercially sold and planted in yards throughout the United States. The tree is identified primarily by unique flat and filigree sprays made up of tiny, scaly leaves. The tree loves limestone areas and can take full sun to light shade.

Northen White-cedar landscape transplant Northen White-cedar limb
Photos by Steve Nix and Jeffery Brokaw

Quick Stats
Common Names: eastern white-cedar, arborvitae, and swamp-cedar

Habitat: Grows in a humid climate, used as a commercial yard tree, grows on a wide variety of organic soils and mineral soils but does not like extremely wet or dry soils.

Description: The rot-and termite-resistant wood is used principally for products in contact with water and soil. The tree provides valuable shelter and browse in winter deeryards, and it is a widely planted ornamental.

Use: Posts, rails, shingles, and pulpwood

Northern White-cedar Habitat and Culture
(silvics courtesy of Silvics Manual, USFS)

From Virginia Tech w/Photos
(Big List courtesy of VT Dendrology)

North American Timber Types
(courtesy About Forestry)

The Great American Coniferous Forest
(courtesy About Forestry)

Recent Champion: 113' height, 42' spread, 18" circumf., Leelanau County, MI
National Register of Big Trees

Conifer Images
(courtesy of ForestryImages.org)

Range Map
{Native range of Northern white cedar)
-The native range of Northern white-cedar, USFS.

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