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MSU Heritage Tree of Life - White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

MSU Heritage Tree of Life - White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

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This tree was grown from seeds of a white cedar found on the MSU Campus. The original tree dates back prior to 1865 during the Civil War era. It can still be found by Eustice Hall, across from Olin Health Center on the south side of the road. The white cedars are arborvitae, which is a Latin form of the French phrase arbre de vie, or "tree of life". Arborvitae prove this to be true through their versatility in tolerating a wide range of soils and climate conditions.

Michigan State University's Heritage Tree Program identifies any tree that was established on campus prior to the founding of the Agriculture College of the State of Michigan in 1855. Additionally, all trees donated and/or planted by a historically significant person, or any tree that has other historical significance to a specific campus feature or program are considered MSU Heritage Trees.

Due to restrictions these trees are only able to be shipped to, or planted in the following states:

Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Road Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Due to these items being cared for offsite, please allow for 2 days additional handling time for shipment. If you would like to view an example of these trees please contact us and we can arrange a viewing.

  • Common Name: American arborvitae
  • Type: Needled evergreen
  • Family: Cupressaceae
  • Native Range: Eastern North America
  • Bloom Description: Non-flowering
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Leaf: Evergreen
  • Tolerate: Clay Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution
  • Height: 20 to 40 feet
  • Spread: 10 to 15 feet


Standard Shipping

Buyer is responsible for paying all related shipping and handling charges unless otherwise noted in the item description. Shipping costs are determined at checkout by zip code and by shipping method chosen. A nominal handling charge is included to cover the cost of packaging materials. If the buyer provides a PO Box, items are mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. Special shipping arrangements such as companies not listed, local pickup and freight services may be available upon request.

MSU Surplus Store ( www.msusurplusstore.com) ships to U.S. addresses only.

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