Skip navigation links

W.J. Beal Botanical Garden’s

Spartan Tree Stories

Tree Location Map Tree Location Map

10. The 1865 White Cedars (Thuja occidentalis, CC1293*01)

One hundred and fifty white cedar seedlings were planted on the MSU campus north of the Red Cedar River in 1865. Several of these are still standing, including this beautiful white cedar, which has achieved the strip bark growth form.

 - Dr. Frank W. Telewski
Retired, Director of W. J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum
Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Biology

The 1865 White Cedars
(Thuja occidentalis)

Photo Credit: Jeffrey L. Wilson

Strip bark growth form indicating old age.

1865 White Cedars, Thuja occidentalis, White Cedar
Photo Credit: Jeffrey L. Wilson