Audubon® Eastern White Cedar
Shipping Autumn of 2022
Native evergreen trees are essential to good bird habitat, and Eastern White Cedar, a.k.a. Eastern Arborvitae, is one native conifer that gives birds everything they want. The dense foliage provides excellent nesting opportunities for warblers and kinglets, and it gives all birds a refuge from the elements and from predators. The small, late-summer seeds feed Pine Siskins, juncos, redpolls, and sparrows. Eastern White Cedar even provides wriggly protein meals! About 45 species of caterpillars feed on its foliage, and songbirds of all types will forage for them, bringing them back to their hungry chicks. A bed and breakfast for birds!
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (18-24" tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 2-7
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The Eastern Arborvitae is a remarkable tree that can live for 1,700 years. Its name means “Tree of Life,” but this is not a reference to its longevity. Rather, it’s a reference to a story from 1535. In that year, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew had sailed to what is now Quebec. It was winter, and with no fresh food to eat, the men were beginning to die of scurvy. Fortunately, the local Iroquois came to the rescue with a vitamin-C-rich tea made from Eastern Arborvitae leaves. Many of the men were saved.
Eastern White Cedar is valued for its incredibly rot-resistant wood, and in the past, it was used to make water-resistant goods like shingles and canoe frames. On very old trees, however, fungi and carpenter ants often conspire to create cavities in the trunk. These hollows provide cozy homes for cavity-nesting birds like woodpeckers, nuthatches, and bluebirds.
How to Grow
Eastern White Cedar is simple to grow in full sun or light shade. Give it regular water in summer (once a week if no rain falls) and make sure the soil drains well. Mulch with bark, wood chips, or pine straw to keep the root zone cool and moist. Feed with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer to encourage a strong root system and drive optimum growth. Bagworm is one caterpillar that feeds on Eastern White Cedar, sometimes destructively. You can pick off the little bags they form if they become a problem. Otherwise, leave them for the woodpeckers and yellow-bellied sapsuckers to eat.
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