The original cedar tree was from the Middle East, while the false cedar tree is found quite abundantly across North America. There are many types of false cedar trees like the Western red cedar, the Port Orford cedar, the Alaska cedar, and the Atlantic white cedar.
The cedar tree has some interesting adaptations that have let it survive this long. Its aroma is one of its most important. The wood’s smell prevents insects from attacking it, and therefore is favored by many to make furniture, buildings, and fence posts.
Because it grows in quite wet environments, the cedar tree has adapted by its wood breaking down extremely slowly.
The cedar tree is also very hardy. It can grow in almost any type of soil, as long as it has ample sunlight and space. They also grow very tall, and many gardeners prefer these plants as they can be used as windbreakers and plant screens.
The Eastern red cedar tree for example can tolerate even salt and dry conditions and have a root system that is stringy and spreads on the top of the earth, helping itself to surface soil nutrients. In well-drained areas, this plant has a taproot that sinks itself deep in search of nutrients.
Its only vulnerability is that it cannot deal with fires. Since it does not have buds at the base of its shoot, it cannot re-sprout if a fire damages it.
The cedar tree’s seed dispersal system is much like many plants. The berries have a high fat and fiber content, which attracts many birds and animals to the tree. These animals then drop seeds wherever else, they go, and these seeds soon germinate.