From the Greek chamae, “dwarf, low-growing, or growing on the ground” and kyparissos, “cypress,” meaning “dwarf or ground cypress.” Herbalist John Dunne-Brady adds that the genus Chamaecyparis was named “by the French botanist Edouard Spach (1801-1879) and published in 1841 in the eleventh volume of Historie Naturelle des Vegetaux Phanerogames.” He states further that this is “an inaccurate and inappropriate description because all species are erect and some grow as high as 120 feet”
A reference to the leaves, which resemble those of Thuja
Atlantic white cedar is native to the east coast of North America.
Identification: Trees are 66-92' (20-28 m) tall, bushy and
roughly conical in shape. Bark is light gray to reddish brown, thin, fibrous, often peeling. Foliage consists of flattened sprays of scaly needles, green or bluish-green,
with sharp tips. Crushed foliage has a strong
cedar smell. Flowers are inconspicuous, about ⅛" (3 mm) in size.
Red to yellow male flowers and green female flowers
occur on the same tree. Cones are spherical in shape, about ⅛" (6 mm) in diameter, bluish when
young, turning yellow-brown, and oddly shaped, like flared bells.