Chamaecyparis thyoides

Plant Name Atlantic White Cedar
Scientific name Chamaecyparis thyoides
Family Cupressaceae
Location Thicket (Bike Path)
Flowering Period Spring
Identifying Characteristics Green or green-blue leaves; Arranged opposite decussate pairs


  • Atlantic White Cedar is an evergreen coniferous tree with feathery foliage that is moderately flattened.
  • The color is green to glaucous green-blue.
  • The leaves are 2-4mm and scale like in appearance.
  • The leaves are arranged in an opposite decussate pairs.
  • The seed cones are 4-9mm in diameter and mature 5-7 months after pollination.
  • The pollen cones are brown or purple and release their pollen in the spring.



  • Atlantic White Cedar is a long-lived tree. Some trees are reported to have reached 1,000 years in age. (US Forest Service)


  • The wood endures moisture indefinitely.
  • Atlantic White Cedar wood us used for fence-posts, ties and shingles.

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