Other Common Names/Trade Names: Arborvitae
Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis
Best Single Characteristic for Identification: Mild, fragrant odor. Slightly bitter taste.
Uses: Shingles, shakes, siding, decking, indoor paneling. Frequently used where rot resistance is important.
General Natural Range: The Lake states, southern and central Ontario and Quebec, New England and New York. Outlying populations south through the Appalachian mountains.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None.
Other Species Easily Confused With: Western red cedar, Balsam fir, spruces
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Western red cedar is darker in color and its odor is somewhat stronger. White Cedar has a mild fragrant odor whereas balsam fir and the spruces do not. The spruces also have resin canals.