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Cupressaceae -- Cypress family

    William F. Johnston

    Northern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis) is also called eastern  white-cedar, arborvitae, and swamp-cedar. The name arborvitae or "tree  of life" dates from the 16th century when the French explorer Cartier  learned from the Indians how to use the tree's foliage to treat scurvy. A  record tree in Michigan measures 175 cm (69 in) in d.b.h. and 34 m (113  ft) in height. The rot- and termite-resistant wood is used principally for  products in contact with water and soil. The tree provides valuable  shelter and browse in winter deeryards, and it is a widely planted  ornamental.


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William F. Johnston

Source: Silvics of North America

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