Northern White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis


Northern White Cedar is a very common tree used in landscaping. Trees do not have a strongly conical arrangement, but a much more rounded one. It is also known by another common name, 'Arborvitae', which means tree of life. It was given this name because the tree cured scurvy in sailors. This specimen was found surrounding machinery west of the Abelson-Bass-Yalem Physics building at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
White Cedar leaves are scale-like, oppositely arranged and grow on flattened sprays. Crushed leaves are very aromatic due to small oil glands visible when the leaves are held up to the light.
Cones grow upward and have few scales. They are brown colored and appear exploded after they ripen.
White Cedar bark is papery and peels away from the trunk in long strips.


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