Plant Care Southern White Cedar

Southern White Cedar

About Southern White Cedar

Atlantic White Cedar is a native evergreen tree in the cypress family. It is found in swampy areas and streambanks in the peaty-soils of eastern U.S.A from NJ to FL. The leaves are evergreen and scale-like with the branches growing in a fan-like shape.

Taxonomy

Chamaecyparis thyoides
Chamaecyparis
Cupressaceae
Pinales

Also known as

Atlantic white cedar, Atlantic white cedar, Atlantic white cedar, Atlantic white cypress, southern white cedar, whitecedar, false-cypress and false cypress

How to care for Southern White Cedar

Water

How often to water your Southern White Cedar

Water needs for Southern White Cedar
0.5 cups
every 9

Southern White Cedar needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Portland, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Southern White Cedar

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Southern White Cedar in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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Growing Southern White Cedar in Portland right now

Light needs for plant Southern White Cedar in Portland, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Portland is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Southern White Cedar in Portland, Oregon

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 36.3% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Portland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Portland is expected to decrease by 36.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.4 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Southern White Cedar in Portland, Oregon

Daylight will decrease by 1.4 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Portland is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 14% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.5 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Atlantic white cedar in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Southern White Cedar: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Southern White Cedar love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Portland, Oregon ⛅.

Southern White Cedar does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Southern White Cedar

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Southern White Cedar: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Southern White Cedar after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Southern White Cedar

Nutrient needs for plant Southern White Cedar in Portland, Oregon

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 27th, 2021

The growing potential in Portland is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Southern White Cedar is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Southern White Cedar

Southern White Cedar

Southern White Cedar


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Portland, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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