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).