Atlantic white-cedar is an attractive plant, but is not commonly found in landscapes. It may be difficult to find in nurseries as well. This tree requires moist to wet sites and is very intolerant of drought.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- North America
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil,
- Wet soil
- Wet sites
Season of Interest:
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Late winter,
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Form
40 to 60 feet high and 10-20 feet wide; nearly column-like in form.
Tree & Plant Care
Requires moist to wet acid soils.
Does poorly in drought and in windy sites.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to the eastern and southern United States.
Commonly found in wet or boggy conditions.
Bark color and texture
The grayish bark is thin and slightly peeling, with a ridged and furrowed pattern.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
The evergreen needles are thin and pointed and sometimes confused with juniper and arborvitae.
Needles are green to blue-green.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Male and female flowers separate but on the same plant (monoecious), Inconspicuous.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, round cones about 1/4 inch long.
They are bluish gray maturing to brown.