Northern White Cedar

Maine Tree Club

Genus: The scientific name for the Northern White Cedar is Thuja occidentalis.

Height: The tree is usually 25-50 feet tall.

Soil: The Northern White Cedar likes limestone soil and boggy areas.

Bark: The tree's bark is rough and sometimes shredding.

Leaves: The Northern White Cedar's leaves are scalelike, and have a little point on the end. They don't change color in the fall, and they are green.

Fruit: The tree's fruit are pine cones and they have scales.  Also, they are usually ridged.

Seeds: Its seeds are small and winged and look like little helicopters.

Wood: The Northern White Cedar's wood is soft and light, and has a strong odor.

Twigs: The twigs are green and scaly.

Interesting Facts: The tree can live up to 800 years old, which makes it the oldest tree in the north woods.  The tree's foliage is rich with vitamin C. Once native to Europe, the Northern White Cedar was doomed to extinction because it was unable to escape the        advancing sheets of the Ice Age.