Yellow Cedar

Other common names are: Alaska-cypress, Sitka-cypress, Yellow-cypress, Alaska-cedar, Alaska Yellow-cedar, Nootka False-cypress.

“Nootkatensis” (in the Latin name) refers to Nootka Sound on the west side of Vancouver Island where this species was first identified. A close relative of Port Orford Cedar, Alaska Yellow cedar can be found west of the Coast Mountains and on North West Coast islands. It grows up to 80 feet (24 meters) tall and up to 3 feet (90 cm) in diameter. The wood is of a fine, close texture, is easily worked, very durable and has a strong fragrance.

Yellow Cedar is very desirable and commercially valuable for its straight grain, yellow color and its resistance to decay. Prized in Japanese temples and shrines for its dignity and elegance, It is also used extensively for boat building, sauna manufacturing, fine cabinetry and interior and exterior millwork.

Aboriginal people used yellow cedar extensively for paddles, masks, dishes, bows and to make clothing and blankets.

With an excellent, supply of Yellow Cedar on Vancouver Island, we can provide you with a superior product to meet your building needs. Whether your requirements are for clear, vertical grain, traditional planking and decking or for sill plates and temple components, we will provide you with the best quality wood, custom cut to your individual specifications.