Hardiness: USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 °C (-50 °F) USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 °C (-45 °F) 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)
Here in northern NY state, along the St Lawrence river, this cedar is an important native species. In the 1970's we would clear small trees from farmer's fields and gather them in large amounts, then trim the small limbs off with machetes and home-made "cedar knives". These trimmings were then taken to cedar oil rigs (which consisted of a boiler that sent steam up through a sealed tank of cedar brush) where the oil was gathered in a cooling vat. It floated on top of a tank of water and was skimmed off, weighed and then sold by the pound. Top prices were around $20/lb. Deer were less plentiful, so young trees grew rapidly and gave us a way to keep farmers happy clearing what they considered "brush" to get spending money. The wood is excellent to work with- arromatic, light yet strong and very rot resistant. The most popular choice here for fence posts. One of the few evergreens that will regenerate branches if they are pruned off.
On Dec 5, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
It just goes to show... Don't put too much weight on the zone range because these are planted all over my area. And are fairly easy to find in garden centers. As already mentioned, they appear much more wide here than up north. These are almost always planted in a row along a fence or beside a driveway but they just don't look the same as back north. I would probably try out a cultivar that is supposed to grow narrow and I generally like these but there are alternatives for sure.
On Nov 18, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Another name that this tree has is Arbor Vitae. A Latinized French name meaning Tree Of Life.. It was so named after curing Jacques Cartier's men of a disease...probably Scurvy. As a result of this incident, it was the first tree imported from America to Europe.
Over 50 varieties are now in cultivation. It was also used by the Native Americans and is known as Canoewood. Thin slabs of the wood were prepared by pounding the ends of short logs until they seperated along annual rings.
The durable wood is light and soft. One of the main woods used for cedar shingles.
Lots of wildlife make use of the trees for shelter and food.
On Oct 30, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I purchased two of these 7 years ago when they were about 2' tall, onefor either side of our garage door. We didn't know when we planted them that deer loved them - we found out soon enough. Although we cover these with a fence and netting each year it is taking a long time for them to come back from the severe browsing they took that first winter.
They are only about 4' - 5' tall now, perhaps it's because they are planted in shade (north side of house) and only get summer evening sun. They're also in heavy clay soil. For that reason, and the fact that large or small, they're still pretty - I give them a positive rating.
On Oct 29, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Prefers a deep, well-drained soil. When established it can withstand considerable heat and drought. Often used for hedges or for windbreaks or for year around screening. Also used as an accent tree for yards. Can grow to 40'.
On Oct 12, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:
I know this plant because I grew it at my old place about 40 miles from where I now live, and I believe I just bought another one tagged 'white cedar.' In Betrock's Guide to Florida Landscape Plants it is listed as Platycladus orientalis, max height 20', grows through zones 5 to 10b, has wide soil requirements which in this book means poor to good, mildly acid to mildly alkaline. I know from experience that one does not plant it 3' from a structure as that side of the plant will be bare due to low light. :-)
The other big mistake I see people do is to plant one to either side of their driveways. Invariably they plant them too close together. Either they must remove one or both, or they prune them up so that they drive through a not too attractive tunnel. These large shrubs or small trees grow here usually in a squat vase shape, so that they are less than half again as tall as they are wide. They look best in full sun, as specimen plants surrounded by adoring perennials and small shrubs.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Tulare, California Quaker Hill, Connecticut Campbell, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida The Villages, Florida Clarkesville, Georgia Darnestown, Maryland Acton, Massachusetts Grand Rapids, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports) Gulfport, Mississippi Airport Drive, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Cayuga Heights, New York Madrid, New York Marietta, New York Efland, North Carolina Bucyrus, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Saint Martin, Ohio Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania Tionesta, Pennsylvania El Paso, Texas Princeton, West Virginia Kewaskum, Wisconsin