Red Cedar vs. Yellow Cedar

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) has built quite the reputation for itself over the last decade. It is one of the largest trees in British Columbia’s Pacific region, growing up to 60 meters tall! Known for its warm colours, pleasant aroma, and good durability, Red Cedar is highly sought after for both indoor and outdoor applications. Red Cedar varies in colour from a light straw to pinkish red to a deep, dark brown. It is a lightweight and “soft” wood with moderate strength properties and excellent working qualities. It is rot and weather resistant making it a great option for outdoor projects.

Did you know that Yellow Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) is not technically a “Cedar” – it is actually a Cypress! Yellow Cedar is a medium-sized tree that grows up to 24 meters tall and can be found along British Columbia’s coastal region. With its uniform and distinctive yellow colouring this species is prized for its straight grain, natural durability, and strength properties. It has exceptional working qualities, making it a favourite for boat building and fine millwork.