Northern White Cedar

Northern White Cedar

Northern white cedar is also known as arborvitae or simply as cedar. This species grows from Maine along the Appalachians and westward through the northern part of the Great Lake States. 

Northern White Cedar

Two species of white cedar grow in the eastern part of the United States: northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) and Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides). Northern white cedar is also known as arborvitae or simply as cedar. Atlantic white cedar is also known as southern white cedar, swamp cedar, and boat cedar. Northern white cedar grows from Maine along the Appalachians and westward through the northern part of the Great Lake States.

Atlantic white cedar grows near the Atlantic Coast from Maine to northern Florida and westward along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana. It is strictly a swamp tree. Production of northern white cedar lumber is greatest in Maine and the Great Lake States. Production of atlantic white cedar centers in North Carolina and along the Gulf Coast.

The heartwood of white cedar is light brown, and the sapwood is white or nearly so. The sapwood is usually narrow. The wood is lightweight, rather soft, and low in strength and shock resistance. It shrinks little in drying. It is easily worked and holds paint well. The heartwood is highly resistant to decay. Northern white cedar trees grow to 65 feet tall (15 to 20 meters) with average tree trunk of 1.3 to 2 feet in diameter (0.4 to 0.6 meters).

Northern and Atlantic white cedar are used for similar purposes, primarily for lumber, posts, and decorative fencing. Atlantic white cedar lumber is used principally where a high degree of durability is needed.

Liberty Cedar is one of the leading quality northern white cedar wood suppliers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Long Island, New York, and Connecticut region.