Atlantic White Cedar
Description: Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) is a wonderful evergreen tree, native to the eastern seaboard and known for its elegant blue-green foliage, beautiful winter presence, and decay resistant wood. Numerous cultivars give the discerning gardener many size options and foliar hues to choose from. Diminutive cultivars like ‘Versent’ Blue Rock® grow slowly to 20’ in 10 years and turns plum in the winter, while the straight species can reach 50’ or more. This pest-resistant conifer can be found in moist soils throughout its range, but it is well suited to average soils. Site in full sun and grow in hardiness zones 4-8. With such adaptability, and so many cultivars to choose from, it’s easy to see why this species and its cultivars are considered winners.
- Type/Habit: Tree
- Key season and features of interest: Beautiful upright shape and form adds interest to the dormant winter landscape
- Flowering Period: N/A
- Evergreen or deciduous: Evergreen
- Native? Yes
- Pollinator plant: N/A
- Wildlife benefits: Provides cover for birds and small mammals
- Site/condition tolerance: Tolerant of moist soils with average fertility; shelter from winter winds is recommended in colder zones
- Sun/Shade preference: Full sun
- Soil condition preference: Fertile, moist, well-drained
- Low maintenance; pest and disease resistant
Growth Habit: Species is an upright tree growing to 50’ or more at maturity. Cultivars provide a variety of sizes, shapes, wind tolerance and winter coloration.
Size (mature height and spread): 50’ tall by 35-40’ wide (smaller cultivars available)
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 4-8
Nativity: Eastern United States
Suggested Uses: Can be used as a single specimen, screen or in areas with moist soils. Blue-green foliage adds winter interest and nice contrast to other evergreen plants.
Year of award: 2018