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Atlantic White Cedar Tree Seeds - 25 Count


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Atlantic White Cedar
Chamaecyparis thyoides

Description: The most impressive of all the cedars. A tree that was harvested for its aromatic wood and decay resistant properties. Now in very strong demand to replenish and repopulate the low lands, uplands and bogs of numerous sites throughout the United States. Evergreen, aromatic tree with narrow, pointed, spire-like crown and slender, horizontal branches.
Height: 50-90' (15-27 m).
Diameter: 1 1/2-2' (0.5-0.6 m).
Leaves: Evergreen; opposite; 1/16-1/8" (1.5-3 mm) long. Scale-like; dull blue-green, with gland-dot.
Bark: Reddish-brown; thin, fibrous, with narrow connecting or forking ridges, becoming scaly and loose.
Twigs: Very slender, slightly flattened or partly 4-angled, irregular branched.
Cones: Tiny, 1/4" (6 mm) in diameter; bluish-purple with a bloom, becoming dark red-brown; with 6 cone-scales ending in short point; maturing in 1 season; 1-2 gray-brown seeds under cone-scale.
Form: When young, grows as a slender column, eventually spire-like. Branchlets are slender and irregularly arranged (not as flattened sprays).
: Wet, peaty, acid soils; forming pure stands in swamp forests.

Range: Central Maine south to N. Florida and west to Mississippi in narrow coastal belt; to 100' (30 m).
Discussion: Ancient logs buried in swamps have been mined and found to be well preserved and suitable for lumber. Pioneers prized the durable wood for log cabins, including floors and shingles. During the Revolutionary War, the wood produced charcoal for gunpowder. One fine forest is preserved at Green Bank State Forest in southern New Jersey. As an ornamental, this species is the hardiest of its genus northward. The natural regeneration of white-cedar depends on a source of seed and the factors influencing its presence, germination, and subsequent survival. The main abiotic factors influencing seed germination are moisture, light, and temperature. In the field the primary limiting factor seems to be moisture. In order for white-cedar seed to germinate a continuous supply of moisture is critical. For the seedling to survive the water supply cannot be too little or too much.
Cedar wood is soft, durable, light, and aromatic. It is prized by shipbuilders and shingle-makers for its strength and home-owners for its nearly white color and resistance to rot. People store cedar chips (or mothballs) in their drawers and attics to ward off cloth-eating moths.
The rot- and insect-resistant wood is used principally for products in contact with water and soil such as rustic fencing, posts and saunas. Other important products include cabin logs, lumber, poles, and shingles. Smaller amounts are used for paneling, piling, lagging, pails, potato barrels, tubs, ties and boats (especially canoes). Recently, white-cedar has been used for making kraft pulp and it appears excellent for particleboard.
Cedar leaf oil is distilled from boughs and used in medicines and perfumes; boughs are also used in floral arrangements and is a widely planted ornamental.
The northern white-cedar type is valuable for wildlife habitat, particularly for deeryards during severe winters. The tree is highly preferred by white-tailed deer for both shelter and browse. White-cedar is also utilized by such mammals as the snowshoe hare, porcupine, and red squirrel.


  • Model: CEDAR-AW-25
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 0 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Longfield Farm

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 15 April, 2016.

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