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Any of a large number of evergreen trees having fragrant wood of great durability. Chamaecyparis thyoides is the botanical name of the southern white cedar, which may grow to a height of 22 m (72 ft). It is characterized by small, spherical cones with peltate, seed-bearing scales fitted together to form a little ball, and by small scalelike evergreen leaves (Fig. 1). It grows only in swamps near the eastern coast of North America, where it is also known as Atlantic white cedar. The wood is soft, fragrant, and durable in the soil and is used for boxes, crates, small boats, tanks, woodenware, poles, and shingles. Arborvitae is sometimes called northern white cedar. See also: Arborvitae; Evergreen plants; Forest and forestry; Pinales; Tree
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