Western Red Cedar Timber Species – Thuja plicata
Western Red Cedar AKA Western Red Cedar Dark, Western Red Cedar Light, Cedar, WRC
Western Red Cedar Wood Appearance
Colour – Heartwood varies from pale brown to dark brown. Sapwood is yellowish white and up to 25mm wide.
Grain – Fine textured and straight grained with distinct growth rings.
Western Red Cedar Wood Properties
Density – 380 kg/m3
Durability – Class 2 – Highly resistant to decay when fully exposed to the weather, clear of the ground and well drained with free air circulation.
Hardness – Very soft (rated 6 on a 6 class scale) in relation to indentation and ease of working with hand tools.
Western Red Cedar Identification Features
Sapwood – Yellowish-white, distinct from heartwood
Heartwood – Pink brown to dull brown, often with darker brown streaks
Texture – Fine with typical earlywood/latewood structure. Straight grained.
Western Red Cedar Wood Structure
Growth rings – Distinct, visible without a lens. Latewood to earlywood transitions abrupt. Latewood bands much narrower than earlywood bands.
Vessels – Absent
Resin Canals - Absent
Rays – Fine, visible only with a hand lens
Parenchyma – Not visible with a hand lens
Western Red Cedar Other Features
Burning Splinter Test – A match size splinter burns completely to a grey-black fine filament
Odour – The wood has a characteristic sweet and fragrant cedar odour.