American arborvitae

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American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)


A large white cedar, Thuja occidentalis, native to the northeastern United States and Canada. The American arborvitae, or northern white cedar, produces a pale brown, soft, aromatic timber that is resistant to fungi and moisture. The soft, lightweight wood is used for shingles, poles, tanks, cedar chests, and small boats. Thuja leaf oil is extracted from its leaves.

Synonyms and Related Terms

northern white cedar; eastern white cedar; New Brunswick cedar; eastern arborvitae ; Thuja occidentalis; Abendländische Lebensbaum (Deut.); tuia occidentale (It.); zywotnik zachodni (Pol.)

Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Other Properties

Tree growing to 10-20 m with 0.5 diameter trunk

Density 22 pcf

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 808
  • External source or communication Comment: Northern Hemlock and Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Oshkosh, Wis.: air-dry weight = 22 pcf
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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