It's not often that white cedar demonstrates the original bright colors of its bark not modified by microorganisms. The young bark exfoliating in narrow stripes leaves you with the impression that the tree has been just peeled and totally deprived of its bark by some enormous moose. This tree was growing singly in a red-maple swamp, on a tussock together with yellow birch; it was about 25 m tall and 20 cm in diameter at breast height.