Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Northern White Cedar
Thuja occidentalis
Family: Cupressaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Limestone bluffs and ledges along streams.

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early March to late April.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Branches are soft and flat and the bark is shreddy. The foliage is generally light green and the overlapping leaves are broadly ovate and have a prominent resin gland. The lateral branchlets are folded. The cone is oblong-ovoid.

Timber removal would likely be detrimental because of resulting changes in soil moisture and light levels. Roads, trails or other disturbance in the habitat for this species could have similar results.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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