American Beauty Atlantic White Cedar
Seed Produced Northern Strain of a Timber Form of Chamaecyparis
This rare east coast species can be found from Maine to Georgia growing in swamps. Although a wetland species growing in saturated soil, it also is adaptable enough to grow in dry soils. Our American Beauty seed strain is produced using a planting we started about 25 years ago selecting the tallest and most vigorous plants growing in our dry soil at our farm. We found these trees totally immune to deer browsing. We believe this strain is the most northern form of the plant which has never shown winter injury at our farm in southern Michigan. Our planting is located at the base of a frost pocket where there is fairly deep top soil. American Beauty is the timber form of the species reaching to 75 ft. or more. The rot resistant lumber is used for boat building, roof shingles and siding. A few individual trees were thought to have lived over 1000 years. In some ways it was considered the sequoia of the east. Now impossible to find actual seedlings or seeds of it. Now we offer both. Note: the seedlings we offer for 2018-19 are small tiny seedlings with a wispy root system. They are very tiny 1 inch tall plants but fully alive. Best to transplant a year before moving out to a permanent location.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Chamaecyparis thyoidesSeed Source:
2-3 plants to create seed is ideal.Soil:
Best in wet sand flats or high water table. Adaptable to dry soils.Ease of Cultivation:
Slow but steady wins the race with this species. Easy to grow in any soil but dry concrete.