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Chamaecyparis thyoides

Chamaecyparis thyoides (L.) Britton Sterns & Poggenb.

Chamaecyparis henryae Li

Chamaecyparis thyoides (L.) Britton Sterns & Poggenb. var. henryae (Li) Little

Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic White-cedar, Atlantic White Cypress, Southern White-cedar, White-cedar, Swamp-cedar

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionConiferophytaConifers—cone-bearing trees (and a few shrubs)
ClassPinopsidaGymnosperms such as cedars, Douglas-firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews
OrderPinalesCone-bearing plants: cedar, cypress, fir, juniper, larch, pine, redwood, spruce, yew, and others
FamilyCupressaceaeCypres family, including junipers and redwoods
GenusChamaecyparisFrom the Greek chamae, “dwarf, low-growing, or growing on the ground” and kyparissos, “cypress,” meaning “dwarf or ground cypress.” Herbalist John Dunne-Brady adds that the genus Chamaecyparis was named “by the French botanist Edouard Spach (1801-1879) and published in 1841 in the eleventh volume of Historie Naturelle des Vegetaux Phanerogames.” He states further that this is “an inaccurate and inappropriate description because all species are erect and some grow as high as 120 feet”
Speciesthyoides

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Atlantic white cedar is native to the east coast of North America.

Identification: Trees are 66-92' (20-28 m) tall, bushy and roughly conical in shape. Bark is light gray to reddish brown, thin, fibrous, often peeling. Foliage consists of flattened sprays of scaly needles, green or bluish-green, with sharp tips. Crushed foliage has a strong cedar smell. Flowers are inconspicuous, about ⅛" (3 mm) in size. Red to yellow male flowers and green female flowers occur on the same tree. Cones are spherical in shape, about ⅛" (6 mm) in diameter, bluish when young, turning yellow-brown, and oddly shaped, like flared bells.

Online References:

Chamaecyparis thyoides on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Chamaecyparis thyoides at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Chamaecyparis thyoides at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site

Chamaecyparis thyoides on About.com: Forestry

Chamaecyparis thyoides on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic White-cedar, Atlantic White Cypress, Southern White-cedar, White-cedar, Swamp-cedar)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Chamaecyparis thyoides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic White-cedar, Atlantic White Cypress, Southern White-cedar, White-cedar, Swamp-cedar)

5/22/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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