White Cedar

White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

 

Common Names: Northern White Cedar, Eastern Arborvitae

 

Distribution: Northeastern North America

 

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is pale brown  or tan, while the narrow sapwood is nearly white. Numerous small knots are common in the wood.

 

Janka Hardness: 320 lbf

 

Density: 1.83 lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Northern White Cedar has been reported to cause skin irritation, runny nose, as well as asthma-like symptoms. Reported by the USDA to be among the most allergenic woods native to the United States.

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Fences, posts, shingles, piles, canoes, outdoor furniture, railroad ties and paper (pulpwood).

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