Atlantic white cedar is an evergreen with scaly leaves that occur in a flat fern-like appearance. This species usually grows in very dense, solid stands, and has small rounded cones. Pioneers prized the durable wood for log cabins, including floors and shingles. During the Revolutionary War, the wood produced charcoal for gunpowder. Atlantic white-cedar wood is still used for telephone poles, posts, siding, furniture, and paneling.Adult tree size averages 28 meters (90 feet) tall. Trees have deeply ridged, grey to red-brown colored bark that peels off in long strips from the trunk. Their branches support fanlike sprays of scaly, blue-green leaves that give off an aromatic, cedar-like scent.
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