Atlantic White Cedar
* Needles scalelike, narrow, not flattened on twigs. Northern White Cedar
has wider needles that are flattened.
* Foliage sprays bristly, forked, not flat.
* Cones spherical, 1/4-1/2".
* Height: 40-60'.
* Habitat: Swamps and bogs near the coast.
* Range: The Atlantic Coast of the United States, from northern Florida
to southern Maine.
* Cedar wood is soft, durable, light, and aromatic. It is prized by shipbuilders
and shingle-makers for its strength and home-owners for its nearly
white color and resistance to rot. People store cedar chips (or mothballs)
in their drawers and attics to ward off cloth-eating moths.
* Herr Mittelburg, a German organ-builder visiting Philadelphia
in the early 1700's, was so impressed with the resonant qualities
of cedar wood that he began producing organ pipes out of it.
Cedar wood is still sometimes used for this purpose.
* Prehistoric cedar logs have been found in the bogs of New
Jersey, where cedar thrives in the acidic soil. Partial, not
complete, decomposition of bog trees (due to low oxygen and high
acid levels) stains nearby water a deep reddish brown.