Eastern White-cedar Thuja occidentalis
Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress)
Eastern White-cedars (also called Arborvitae) are common in wetter areas, where they can often
dominate the forest canopy. They are very distinctive trees, with
flattened leaves ("needles") and bark that peels vertically in
thin strips. It is mainly confused with Eastern Red-cedar, which
has rounded leaves and more of a bluish-green hue (rather than the
yellowish tinge that White-cedar often has) and different fruit.
The crushed leaves are very fragrant.
The flattened leaves and twigs of Eastern White-cedar
A closer view of the leaves
The leaves are quite flat
A typical view of a White-cedar branch.
A closer view of the bark
The "cones" of White-cedar
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