Atlantic White Cypress

Chamaecyparis thyoides Cupressaceae

Other names

Atlantic White Cedar

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution



Comstock Knoll and Rhododendron Collection, Conifer Slope

Source of plant

NJ Forest Service Nursery


A tall, narrow conical tree 25-30m tall with a trunk up to 1m in diameter. It is found at low altitudes in the coastal E US. The foliage sprays are spreading, fan-shaped and with white waxy X's below, outlining the leaves, and aromatic when crushed. The scale-leaves are 2mm long, dark bluish to light green, adpressed to the stem, in opposite pairs and not touching the next pair. The seed cones are very numerous, often clustered on small twigs, globose, 6mm in diameter. Often found on marshy ground, so the cultivars do best with adequate water.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

large conifer, winter interest