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CHAMAECYPARIS thyoides 'Ericoides'

Image of Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Ericoides'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS thyoides 'Ericoides'

Plant Common Name

Atlantic Whitecedar, Ericoides Atlantic Whitecedar

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Most often seen as a semi-dwarf, rounded to cone-shaped shrub, the heath-leaved Atlantic whitecedar -- cultivar 'Ericoides' -- eventually matures into an upright, narrowly pyramidal small tree. Unlike other cultivars, the blue-green needles blush burgundy to red-violet in winter's cold, rather than bronzy purple. This selection is native to the coastal plains of the eastern United States from Maine to Florida and Mississippi. An evergreen conifer, it has reddish, gray-brown bark hidden by the dense needles that have white bands on the undersides. These short needles occur in whorls of three and are initially soft to the touch in their youth before becoming more prickly by late summer. Both male and female cones appear in late spring, and are small and rounded. The female cones become less rounded and more scaly as they ripen from dark purple to light sienna-brown.

Grow 'Ericoides' in moist, well-drained to soggy soils in full sunlight. It is useful as a dense accent tree, or grouped as a windbreak or screen on the edge of a property. The soft foliage in spring is nice to touch and examine up close, so its incorporation into a mixed border or spacious foundation bed is worthwhile.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-20' / 1.5m - 6.1m

  • Width

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Copper, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Burgundy, Plum

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No