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white cedar, arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis; CYPRESS FAMILY [Cupressaceae]) Slender evergreen tree with remarkably decay resistant wood.  Appressed yellowish-green scale-like leaves, alternating in right-angled pairs, clothe widely spreading flattened branchlets.  Oblong -" woody cones are erect on branchlets.  Bark is fibrous, reddish brown to gray, and ridged or furrowed.  Common in non-acid swamps, and widely planted as an ornamental.  [023]

 

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