(a.k.a. American Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, Swamp Cedar)
White Cedar transplants are great for windbreaks, privacy screens and hedges, can reach heights of 40 feet and live as long as 800 years. White Cedar needles and wood feature a very pleasant fragrance.
Although White Cedar transplants do just fine in upland areas, this species also does well in wetter lowland areas such as slightly swampy areas, stream banks and lake shores, where the soil is dark and rich. White Cedar is also quite shade tolerant (especially when young), but does well in full sun. It is relatively resistant to insect pests, and its timber is used for poles, shakes and shingles due to it’s natural resistance to rot.
White Cedar is actually a species of cypress and closely related to Western Red Cedar, but after hundreds of years the odd cedar naming convention has stuck fast. Tea made from the leaves of White Cedar, high in vitamin C, were known by Native Americans to cure scurvy. There are a myriad of other non-woodworking uses also listed on Wikipedia. Not recommended for prolonged ingestion, which can prove toxic. Best to stick to use as lumber for log cabins, furniture, natural wood shingles, etc.
White Cedar often turn a leathery brown, reddish or even purple color due to winter exposure, and to the untrained eye one might conclude that they are damaged or dying. However, this color change is quite normal, and the trees will green up quickly in the warmer weather of Spring.
White Cedar transplants: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 3-9
• prefers full sun to partial shade
• mature height and spread: up to 40 ft high, 15-20 ft spread
• prefers dark loamy soils, damp locations, does well in a wide range of soils
• Boreal Forests Of The World info on Thuja occidentalis
• White Cedar Sizes and Availability:
--- White Cedar plug seedlings [sold out till Fall 2021]
--- White Cedar plug transplants [discontinued]
--- White Cedar conservation grade plug transplants [discontinued]
• Comparable alternative species: Eastern Red Cedar [prefers drier soils], Western Red Cedar. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
White Cedar transplants are discontinued, see White Cedar plug seedlings