The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, due to an official government function. The Conservatory will return to normal hours December 7.
With thick reddish brown bark and fanned blue-green foliage, the Atlantic white cedar is found in the Atlantic coastal plains from South Carolina to Maine; and in the Gulf of Mexico from Mississippi to Florida. This tree can often grow to 40 feet in height, producing highly durable, water-resistant lumber. Some botanists believe that the Atlantic Coast population is distinct from the Gulf of Mexico variety and should thus be considered a separate species. Well adapted to many climates, the Atlantic white cedar is a great addition to gardens and landscapes. Photo credit: USDA Robert H. Mohlenbrock