northern white cedar trees

Asked September 7, 2015, 4:48 PM EDT

Can northern white cedar/eastern white cedar trees be planted in our area? We have lost 40 trees (pine and arborvitae) in the last 4 years due to heavy rainfall and standing water. Could the white cedar survive those conditions?

Otter Tail County Minnesota

1 Response

I am assuming you are referring to Thuja occidentalis. This is a common and popular tree in Minnesota but like most plants it does better in some specific soils, and exposures than others. Generally, few trees do well in standing water, and no northern evergreens are happy with wet feet. Here is a fact sheet that should help you pick the best spot for these trees:
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2007/04/minnesotas-northern-white-cedar-forest-type/

I hope this is helpful. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.