Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

ATLANTIC WHITE-CEDAR
Chamaecyparis thyoides
Cupressaceae

Needles are scale-like, overlapping, blue-green, and evergreen forming fan-shaped sprays. Bark is gray to red-brown and fibrous, on large trees becoming ash-gray, shallowly grooved and sometimes twisted around the tree. Cone is small about 1/4 inch in diameter, round, purple and fleshy, becoming woody brown with peltate scales when mature. Form is up to 35 m (115 ft) in height and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter but usually smaller. Atlantic white-cedar is found in fresh water bogs in the eastern coastal plain. Intermediate shade tolerance. The soft and decay resistant wood is used for fencing, shingles and boats.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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