Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service,
Northern White Cedar BarkNorthern White Cedar Cone

Cedar, Northern White – 12-24″ – OUT OF STOCK

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** OUT OF STOCK ** If interested, we have 6-12″ seedlings available here.)

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:   12-24″ (6-12″ available here)
  • Seedling Age:   4-0
  • Mature Height:   25 – 60 feet
  • Mature Width:   10 – 15 feet
  • Soil Type:    Neutral or slightly alkaline, well-drained but moist
  • Moisture:   Dry, moderate or moist
  • Sun:   Full sun, partial shade or 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.

Vistors Attracted to Northern White Cedar

  • Cape May warbler (Setophaga tigrina)
  • House finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
  • American robin (Turdus migratorius)

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′.

Image Credits

  • Northern White Cedar – Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service,
  • Northern White Cedar Cone – Rob Routledge, Sault College,
  • Northern White Cedar Bark – Brett Marshall, Sault College,