Chamaecyparis thyoides

Chamaecyparis thyoides
  • BOTANICAL NAME: Chamaecyparis thyoides
  • PRONUNCIATION: kam-uh-SIP-uh-ris THY-oi-des
  • COMMON NAME: Atlantic White-cedar
  • FAMILY: Cupressaceae
  • NATIVITY: Maine, south to Florida, in the coastal plain, swamps and bogs.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Upright, columnar.
  • SIZE: 40 - 50' in cultivation but 80' or greater in native habitat.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 3 - 9.
  • CULTURE: Sun, with ample water. Typically grows in lowland and swamps. One of the few conifers that will grow in wet soils. Will tolerate moderately moist soils in landscape.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Seral
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Obligate
  • LANDSCAPE USE: May be used as a specimen, although works best as a group. May be used as a hedging plant, particularly do to its narrow habit.
  • FOLIAGE: Opposite, approximately 1/12" long. Scalelike leaves closely
    adpressed to the stem. Lateral pairs, boat-shaped, with sharply pointed tips.
    Leaves with white margins and oil glands.
  • BUDS:
  • BARK: Reddish brown.
  • FRUIT: Cone, spherical about 1/4". Typically numerous with typically 4 - 5 scales.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS: `Andelyensis' - columnar form to 10'.

 

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