Originally Posted by wildstarblazer
I think you meant the Cypress family.
Around here we have a lot of cedar (white cedar) and that is of genus thuja
... I noticed on Wikipedia that many other cedars are of the genus juniperus
while cypress in general has Callitropsis
I guess the major genera are, Juniper, arborvitae and the true cypress, Cupressus... So I suppose that my white cedar and your hinocki cypress could both be called cedars, in my neck of the woods...
I've always been meaning to look up those terms, because it seems at times they are used interchangeably from different parts of the country... If I'm not mistaken it was the white cedar that was common in our 'Cedar Swamps' years ago, just like our Tamarack Swamps before they started to fill in and die off...