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White Cypress

Chamaecyparis thyoides

Also known as

White Cedar, Coast White Cedar, Southern White Cedar, False-Cypress, Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic White Cypress

Chamaecyparis thyoides - Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum - DSC03446 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








50 years to reach maturity

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A close up of a Chamaecyparis thyoides plant
A close up of a Chamaecyparis thyoides plant

White Cypress Overview

Chamaecyparis thyoides is an evergreen conifer from the Cupressaceae family. Commonly known by the names White Cypress, Southern White Cedar, White Cedar and Coast White Cedar. It forms a cone-shaped tree with blue-green foliage that develops a purple tinge in the winter. Capable of growing up to 30m in height. Foliage is reduced to flattened sprays of scale-like leaves, produced oppositely in pairs. This plant originates from eastern North America. Several cultivars have been developed for garden use and this plant is sometimes grown as a Christmas tree.

Special features of White Cypress

Attractive leaves