Atlantic White Cedar Swamp

Atlantic White Cedar Swamps are the characteristic swamps of the Pine Barrens, though they are now much reduced in both size and number due to over-harvesting in the past.

Old, well-established cedar swamps are magnificent. It tends to be cool and shady in an old cedar swamp. The straight-trunked cedars arise from hummocks usually covered with sphagnum mosses and various other plants, the diversity and vigor of which depend on the amount of sunlight reaching the floor. The plants growing on the hummocks typically include an occasional Swamp Maple or Pitch Pine.

Image of Cedar Swamp at Goshen Pond[+ ZOOM] Cedar Swamp at Goshen Pond © PPA

You’ll also find Highbush Blueberry, Swamp Magnolia, Gray Birch, Swamp Azalea, Pitcher Plants, sundews, several species of orchids, various wildflowers, as well as grasses, sedges, and rushes. A great many of the Pinelands animals use cedar swamps for breeding, feeding, nesting, and resting. Some of our rarest flora and fauna have safe harbors in these communities.

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