Northern White Cedar – Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Cedar, Northern White – 6-12″ (3-0)

Northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) is a slow-growing, small to medium sized tree reaching heights of 25-60 feet.  Northern white cedar is shade tolerant; however, it grows best in full to partial sun.  It prefers moist, well-drained organic soils. It also grows well on dry, upland sites.  Deer rely heavily on northern white cedar, which can pose a problem for establishing this species.

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Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  6-12″
  • Seedling Age:  3-0
  • Mature Height:  25 – 60 feet
  • Mature Width:  10 – 15 feet
  • Soil Type:  Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate, Moist
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Slow

Key Characteristics of Northern White Cedar

  • The bark is red-brown, furrowed and peels in narrow, longitudinal strips.
  • Cones are slender, yellow-green ripening brown, and are typically about 0.5″ long.
  • Needles are fused together and look matted.
  • Flood tolerant but sensitive to salt.

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Using Northern White Cedar as a Windbreak?

If you’d like to use your northern white cedar for a windbreak, the recommended spacing is 8′ x 8′.