Eastern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

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species native to Canada


Edible fruit/nut tree?



Latin (scientific) name: Thuja occidentalis

Common English name: Eastern white-cedar

Other names: Northern white-cedar, eastern thuja, eastern arborvitae

French name: Thuya occidental


Found mostly in swampy areas and on very dry soils over limestone.

Other notes

This species is commonly used as a hedge tree.

Hardiness zone(s)

1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b


  • Zone 0
  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9

A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area where a given plant is capable of growing. Hardiness zones are based largely on climate, particularly minimum temperatures. Zone 0 covers the harshest areas in Canada for plant species. Higher numbers represent more temperate areas.

For more information on plant hardiness zones in Canada, visit Natural Resources Canada.


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