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Atlantic white-cedar

Atlantic white-cedar

Atlantic white-cedar
Chamaecyparis thyoides

Though not a true cedar (really a cypress), this conifer is often found adjacent to streams and in wet, boggy areas, particularly in southern Delaware. Its wood is light, soft, fragrant, durable, and is often used for boats, shingles, and decoys. This columnar-shaped tree has bluish-green leaves. Seldom seen in most areas, it does well in gardens but also has appeal for wetland reclamation purposes. It is not as common as it once was due to stream drainage and channelization.

Atlantic white-cedar has flat, scale-like leaves. Its thin bark and leaves are prone to fire damage and the tree is vulnerable to high winds due to its shallow roots.

Atlantic white-cedar     Chamaecyparis thyoides
Location Points C.B.H. Height Crown
Routes 36 & 626, Milford 209 119 84 23
Carey Farms property, Milton 192 105 82 21
2558 Betts Pond Rd., Millsboro 176 90 79 30