Western Red Cedar

The most common type of cedar you are likely to find at your local lumberyard. Western Red Cedar is more rot resistant than Eastern varieties. It also comes from a significantly larger tree so it can yield a larger variety of dimensional lumber. It is native to the Pacific Northwest. WRC is moderately soft and light weight, and its heartwood is extremely decay resistant and exhibits little shrinkage. The wood is generally straight grained and has a uniform but rather coarse texture. The heartwood of western red cedar is fragrant reddish or pinkish brown to dull brown and the sapwood is nearly white.

Identification
Scientific Name: 
Thuga plicata
Endangered: 
No
Toxicity
Toxic Class: 
Sensitizer
Toxic Source: 
Dust
Reactions: 
Asthma, dermatitis, nasal cancer, nausea, rhinitis, nose bleeding, giddiness, stomach pain
Toxic Potency: 
High
Incidence: 
Common