The Northern White Cedar is one of three native cedars that are common to New England. The other two are the Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) and the Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana). They all belong to the cypress family and can be differentiated by their cones. The Northern White Cedar has tulip shaped cones, versus the Atlantic White cedar has purple to brown egg-shaped cones, and the Eastern Red Cedar has cones that look more like blue colored berries.
Both species of white cedars thrive along side bogs and other wet areas, whereas red cedars are more likely to be found along roadsides or in open areas. The specimens in the photographs we taken in May from trees growing along large creek in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.