Chamaecyparis thyoides

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Atlantic White Cedar


Plant Specifics

Size:20-40 (60) ft tall by 10-20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Lifespan >100 yrs (Nelson).
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree especially for moist sites.
Propagation:Seed and softwood cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Provides cover for birds and mammals. 

Attracts deer and squirrels.  Deer browse can be so intense as to limit survival of saplings.

Native Habitats:Forested seepage areas, swamps, low stream banks

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Wood was used for log cabins, floors and shingles.
General Comments:The natural distribution in Florida is predominantly related to soil and drainage conditions.  If you provide them, it should grow successfully from Lake County northward.