Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1510

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native north of the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Uncommon (rare in NC, where perhaps only introduced)

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), per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

"FLOWER":
Spring
Flowers solitary, terminal

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Cupressales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Thuja occidentalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thuja occidentalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 018-02-001:
Thuja occidentalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
American Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar, Flat Cedar


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JK Marlow    jkm070629_002

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Hatcher Garden

Branchlets flattened in horizontal planes [T. orientalis's are vertical], per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Thuja occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm120830_299

August    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm120830_299b

August    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

The small branchlets look as if they had been ironed or pressed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Thuja occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm120830_299c

August    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

Leaves opposite, scale-like, in pairs (the side pairs keeled, others flat), per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Thuja occidentalis

Keith Bradley    kab_t_occidentalis_78573

August        Quebec, Canada

image of Thuja occidentalis

Keith Bradley    kab_t_occidentalis_78577

August        Quebec, Canada

image of Thuja occidentalis

Keith Bradley    kab_t_occidentalis_78578

August        Quebec, Canada

image of Thuja occidentalis

Keith Bradley    kab_t_occidentalis_78583

August        Quebec, Canada

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JK Marlow    jkm090924_190

September    Hancock County    ME

Acadia National Park

image of Thuja occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm090924_198

September    Hancock County    ME

Acadia National Park

image of Thuja occidentalis

JK Marlow    jkm090924_204

September    Hancock County    ME

Acadia National Park

Mature seed cones ~ 1/2" long, oblong, erect, initially yellowish-brown, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.