American cypress

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Common name for an ornamental evergreen tree, Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea, that is found in the eastern United States. It is not a true cypress. The American cypress, or white cedar, is used for exterior siding, shingles, piers, fence posts, and interior trim.

Synonyms and Related Terms

white cedar; false cypress; Chamaecyparis thyoides; Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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