Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 9 taxa in the family Cupressaceae, Cypress family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Bald Cypress
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Taxodium distichum   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Taxodium distichum   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Taxodium distichum 017-01-001   FAMILY: Taxodiaceae

 

Look for it in brownwater & blackwater swamps, usually in riverine situations. Also, this species is sometimes planted as an ornamental in upland sites within and beyond its natural range

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Pond Cypress
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Taxodium ascendens   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Taxodium ascendens   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Taxodium ascendens 017-01-002   FAMILY: Taxodiaceae

 

Look for it in limesink ponds (dolines), clay-based Carolina bays, wet savannas, pocosins and other wet, peaty habitats, shores of natural blackwater lakes, swamps of blackwater streams

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Atlantic White Cedar, Juniper
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Chamaecyparis thyoides   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Chamaecyparis thyoides   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Chamaecyparis thyoides 018-01-001   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it in peat dome and streamhead pocosins, blackwater stream swamps, hillside seepages, in highly acidic, peaty or sandy soils

Uncommon (rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar, Flat Cedar, Eastern Arborvitae
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Thuja occidentalis   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Thuja occidentalis   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Thuja occidentalis 018-02-001   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it on dry limestone, dolostone, and calcareous sandstone cliffs, talus, and boulderfields, rarely in our area in calcareous swamps, also planted and persisting around old homesites & cemeteries (mainly in the Mountains)

Rare in NC (naturalized waifs in SC)

Native north of the Carolinas & Georgia (& perhaps in nw. NC)

 


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camera icon Common Name: Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it . It is commonly planted, especially in graveyards, and rarely persisting and spreading to pastures, fields, and roadsides

Waif(s)

Non-native: China & Manchuria

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Ground Juniper, Mountain Juniper, Common Juniper
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Juniperus communis var. depressa   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Juniperus communis var. depressa   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Juniperus communis var. depressa 018-03-001   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it in thin soil around rock outcrops on mountain summits and Piedmont monadnocks and rocky bluffs (in GA & NC), xeric Coastal Plain sandhills (in SC)

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Red Cedar
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Juniperus virginiana   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Juniperus virginiana 018-03-002   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it in bluffs, glades, upland forests and woodlands, pastures, old fields, roadsides, and fencerows, primarily upland, occurring most abundantly on (but by no means restricted to) circumneutral soils (including shrink-swell clays) derived from mafic or calcareous rocks

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Red Cedar, Coastal Red Cedar
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Juniperus silicicola   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Juniperus silicicola 018-03-003   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it in maritime forests and maritime scrub, hammocks, coastal shell middens and natural shell deposits, brackish marshes, and other sandy or peaty, circumneutral situations

Common in Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Arizona Cypress
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Hesperocyparis arizonica   FAMILY: Cupressaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Cupressus arizonica   FAMILY: Cupressaceae

 

Look for it in fencerows, weakly naturalizing from horticultural plantings

Waif(s)

Native: Southwest US

 


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