northern white cedar

(Thuja occidentalis)

Conservation Status
northern white cedar
Photo by Randy
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FACW - Facultative wetland

     
  Midwest

FACW - Facultative wetland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACW - Facultative wetland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Height

 
 

25 to 50

 
     
 

Record

 
 

The champion northern white cedar in Minnesota is on tribal property near Nett Lake, in Koochiching County. In 2018 it was measured at 74 tall and 186 in circumference (59 in diameter).

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Peat swamps, upland forests, lake shores, cliffs. Shade tolerant.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Pollination

 
 

Late-April to mid-May

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 24, 28, 30.

 
  2/8/2021      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common in Minnesota

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Pinopsida (conifers)  
  Subclass Pinidae  
 

Order

Pinales (pines)  
 

Family

Cupressaceae (cypress, redwood)  
 

Subfamily

Cupressoideae  
 

Genus

Thuja (arborvitae)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Thuja occidentalis var. fastigiata

Thuja occidentalis f. malonyana

Thuja occidentalis var. nigra

Thuja occidentalis var. pyramidalis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

American arborvitae

arborvitae

eastern arborvitae

eastern white cedar

northern white cedar

northern white-cedar

swamp cedar

white-cedar

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Views of Northern White Cedar, Thuja occidentalis, April 2020, Freeborn County, Minnesota.

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  Trees with Don Leopold - northern white-cedar
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Uploaded on Oct 10, 2011

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  How to ID Thuja occidentalis
Laura Deeter
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2008

short video showing the key identifying characteristics for Thuja occidentalis

   
       
  The Northern White Cedar by Steven McNamara
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Published on Apr 17, 2013

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Martin Schrattenholzer
9/14/2020

Location: middle campsite on Ahsub Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

northern white cedar


Randy
April 2020

Location: Freeborn County, Minnesota

northern white cedar


Alfredo Colon
8/9/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

northern white cedar


     
     
 
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