Atlantic White Cedar

Chamaecyparis thyoides

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: thyoides (thy-OY-deez) (Info)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us




Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Atmore, Alabama

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Keystone Heights, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Princess Anne, Maryland

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Chatsworth, New Jersey

Egg Harbor City, New Jersey

Moxee, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 5, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I first saw this species at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March of 2011 in a naturalistic, even wetland, landscape designed by Romero's Landscaping from southern New Jersey. The trees were about 20 to 25 ft high in the exhibit, of which I posted photos. I finally saw this species in the wild when I went on a kayaking trip to the pine barrens of southern New Jersey, renting from a company called Mick's Canoe & Kayak Rental. It was the most common tree along the large creek, which had its clean water stained dark brown by the leaching of chemicals from these trees along its course. There are repots that this species can do well in regular landscapes in moist or draining wet soils. There are a number of cultivars developed from this species also. The Japanese Falsecypress and Hinoki Falsecy... read more


On Jul 14, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I do not grow this tree, but it is prized for it's durable wood and is grown as an ornamental also.

Found naturally in wet, boggy soils and swamps from Central Maine to North Florida and west to Mississippi.

The wood was prized for log cabins by the Pioneers and during the Revolution, the wood produced charcoal for gunpowder.

There is a grove of Atlantic White Cedars preserved at Greenbank State Forest in southern New Jersey.