Western red cedar

Western Red Cedar  (Thuya plicata)


Common Names: Western Redcedar, Western Red Cedar


Distribution: Pacific Northwest United States/Canada


Color/Appearance: Heartwood is reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas. Narrow sapwood is pale yellowish white


Janka Hardness: 350 lbf


Density: 1.92 lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Most common reactions simply include eye, skin and respiratory irritation, as well as runny nose, asthma-like symptoms, and effects on the nervous system.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Shingles, exterior siding and lumber, boatbuilding, boxes, crates and musical instruments.