white cedar

any of several chiefly coniferous trees valued for their wood, especially Chamaecyparis thyoides, of the eastern U.S., or Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar) of northeastern North America.
the wood of any of these trees.

1665–75, Americanism

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white cedar
1.  See also cypress a coniferous tree, Chamaecyparis thyoides, of swampy regions in North America, having scalelike leaves and boxlike cones: family Cupressaceae
2.  the wood of this tree, which is used for building boats, etc
3.  See also arbor vitae a coniferous tree, Thuja occidentalis, of NE North America, having scalelike leaves: family Cupressaceae
4.  the wood of this tree, much used for telegraph poles

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Now you need to look closely at your tree and decide whether you have a northern white cedar or a red cedar.
Surface dried redwood, red cedar, white cedar or cypress may be used untreated.
The forests are heavy in beech and maple, but also have impressive stands of champion size, uncut northern white cedar.
Northern white cedar can be a subdominant species in stands within and north of the vegetation tension zone.
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