Cupressaceae - The Cypress Family
Arborvitae, Canoe Cedar, Giant Arborvitae, Giant Cedar, Pacific Redcedar, Shinglewood, Thuja Giant, Western Redcedar, Western Red Cedar
Both Interior and Exterior
Boxes, Caskets, Exterior Mouldings, Shakes, Shingles, Shipbuilding, Siding
Western Redcedar grows on the western coast of the United States and Canada. In nature is rarely grows as pure stands, but prefers to grow interspersed among other softwoods. It prefers moist acidic soil. The tree can be successfully plantation grown.
The sapwood is reported to be narrow, at less than 1" in mature trees, and is a pale white color. The sapwood is clearly demarcated from the salmon pink to chocolate brown heartwood, which can sometimes be variegated. Over time the heartwood color becomes am more uniform variegated reddish-brown, that left exposed will eventually become a even "weathered" gray color. The grain is straight and even, and fairly course in texture, it is reported to be courser than Redwood.
While the specie is available, the availability is expected to dwindle. This is due to the fact that demand far exceeds it growth rate of the tree.