|White Cedar |
DESCRIPTION: The heartwood is light brown, and the sapwood is white. The sapwood is usually narrow. The wood is lightweight, rather soft, and low in strength & shock resistance. Naturally resistant to insect damage, rot & decay. When left to the elements it will weather to an attractive silver-gray patina. Also known as Southern white cedar, swamp cedar & boat cedar. It is strictly a swamp tree.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Grows near the Atlantic Coast from Maine to northern Florida & westward along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana.
BOTANICAL NAME: Chamaecyparis thyoides
WORKING PROPERTIES: It is easily worked & holds paint well.
USES: Primarily for poles, cabin logs, railroad crossties, lumber, posts & decorative fencing. White cedar lumber is used principally where a high degree of durability is needed, as in tanks & boats, and for wooden ware. Decking, siding, trim & many other uses.
JANKA HARDNESS: 350