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CHAMAECYPARIS thyoides 'Shiva'

Image of Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Shiva'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS thyoides 'Shiva'

Plant Common Name

Atlantic Whitecedar, Shiva Atlantic Whitecedar

Special Notice

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

General Description

The Shiva Atlantic white cedar is a dwarf selection that produces soft needles each spring with a silvery light green color. It is a tidy but rounded pyramid-shaped shrub with broad soil adaptability, a trait of its parent, native to the coastal plains of the eastern United States from Maine to Florida and Mississippi. Rekha Morris selected this plant as a seedling during a visit to Cape Cod, and Clarence Towe of Walhalla, South Carolina introduced it into the American horticultural trade.

An evergreen conifer, ‘Shiva’ has reddish, gray-brown bark well hidden by the dense, prickly tufts of silvery light green needles that have white bands on the undersides. In winter's cold the needles blush bronze-brown, especially on branches basking in full sun. Both male and female cones appear in profusion 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 any Atlantic whitecedar in moist, well-drained to soggy soils in full sunlight. It is useful as a dense accent tree, or grouped short screen on the edge of a property, in a mixed shrub border or foundation planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 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

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • 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, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Sandy Brown, Bronze

  • 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