General Info and Benefits

Western Red Cedar - Thuja plicata

General Description
• A species of Thuja, an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family
• Does not belong with the true cedars within the genus Cedrus
• Varies from pale pinkish-brown to dark brown
• Non-resinous, but has a fairly pungent odor
• Slow growth and natural oily extractives are responsible for its decay resistance and rich color

Physical Properties
• Typically straight-grained
• Janka Rating System = 350 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Northwestern United States and southwestern Canada
• A large to very large tree, ranging up to 213–230 feet tall and 9.8–13 feet in diameter
• Long life span. 1000+ years is not unusual.

Relative Abundance
• Among the most widespread trees in the Pacific Northwest

Did You Know?
• Long, clear lengths are used for framing and sheeting on wooden boats, kayaks, and canoes

Tennessee Aromatic Cedar - Juniperus virginiana

General Description
• The knots are where the aromatic oils are found in highest concentration
• The sapwood ranges from a light straw to a reddish pink heartwood

Physical Properties
• Straight grain with a fine texture
• Generally left unfinished. Finishing can destroy its aromatic properties
• Janka Rating System = 900

Where It Grows
• Native to eastern North America from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and east of the Great Plains
• Ordinarily from 16–66 feet tall, with a short trunk 12–39 inches diameter

Relative Abundance
• Readily available. Clear lumber is in short supply

Did You Know?
• The aromatic heartwood is avoided by moths, so it is in demand as lining for clothes chests and closets
• The cones are used to flavor gin and as a kidney medicine
  • Aromatic Cedar
    Aromatic Cedar
    When used with Drawer Boxes, Aromatic Cedar is a fragrant, insect-repellant, and light weight material. On drawer boxes this material may contain reddish heartwood with lighter sapwood mixed together, and an allowance for knots as well.