Like most big, old evergreen trees, Atlantic White Cedar has a story, and for that I'm referring you to my blog.
In short, though, Atlantic White Cedar is makes quite a statement! It is a tall, narrow, dark evergreen with fine branching that likes moist areas. It has soft, flat, blue-green foliage and makes an impressive specimen in a moist or low-lying area or as a tall privacy hedge.
Birds and other wildlife use Atlantic White Cedar for protection, especially on cold wintry nights, and it is the sole larval host of Hessel's Hairstreak butterfly. It provides winter protection for birds and other wildlife and is a winter food source for deer.
Atlantic White Cedar, coming 2024
- Latin: Chamaecyparis thyoides
- Current height: 1-2 feet
- Mature height: 40-60 feet; 6 to 15 feet wide
- Light: Sun to light shade
- Soil: Moist to wet (sandy, peaty)
- Bloom: Spring, inconspicuous
- Fruit: Cones
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Landscape: Wet areas, near ponds, rain gardens, low-lying areas
- Resistance: Wet
- More information and native range here