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collage of Atlantic White Cedar and Northern White-Cedar

Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) vs. Northern White-Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Updated September 2nd, 2020

These two species only overlap in the wild in a small part of New England, but both are widely planted in landscaping. Both have scale-like foliage and seed cones that release wind-dispersed seeds. They can be easily told apart by their foliage as well as their seed cones; their bark is similar but has some differences. Not all trees can be distinguished by bark alone.

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collage of Eastern Redcedar and Northern White-Cedar

Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) vs. Northern White-Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Updated September 1st, 2020

These two species are often confused by people inexperienced in identifying plants of the Cupressoideae subfamily. They are easily distinguished by fruit, bark, and characteristics of the needles or scales. Where their ranges overlap, both tend to be found on calcium-rich substrates, but redcedar occupies drier, sunnier, nutrient-poor, and more early-succession habitats, whereas white-cedar is found on richer, wetter, shadier sites.

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