What is Yellow Cedar (Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis)?


What is Yellow Cedar (Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis)?

Yellow cedar is a medium-sized cypress tree native to parts of British Columbia, Canada and Alaska, U.S.

Although it is not a traditional cedar, it has many names, including Notka cedar, Notka cypress, Alaska cypress, Alaska cedar, and phellodendri.

Because of its neat texture, sturdiness, corrosion resistance, and neutral color, yellow cedar is a common source of wood. Yellow cedar usually grows with hemlock. A typical yellow cedar grows to about 78.7 feet (24 meters) high and 24.4 inches (90 cm) in diameter. The trunk is wide and becomes a ridge, which becomes wider at the bottom.

The branches are evenly distributed around the trunk, sometimes extending to the base, and their appearance is often drooping.

Each branch has smaller branches extending from the main branch. Yellow cedar is the source of wood. The leaves of yellow cedar trees are usually dark blue. The leaves are very thin and extend in flat bundles.

They can grow to a length of 0.12-0.20 inches (3-5 mm), and their tips tend to be sharp. This tree also produces pine cones, which are similar to unripe fruit or berries in the first year.

As the tree matures, the pine cones will become rough, eventually showing a rustic, woody tone and texture.

The cones grow to 0.24-0.47 inches (6-12 millimeters (mm) in diameter and have several large scales like umbrellas.


Yellow cedar trees like deep and moist soil, which has very low acid content. They can grow singly or in groups.

They usually grow in high-altitude areas in northern California, the Pacific Northwest. Pseudosciaena cedar usually grows alongside Pacific silver firs and mountain hemlocks.

Historically, this tree was used by indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest.

Used by residents, due to its natural anti-erosion and corrosion resistance, it is especially suitable for the construction of solid, reliable, and powerful objects, such as canoe paddles, bows, and plates. Yellow cedar has also become a folklore of some indigenous peoples.


In modern times, yellow cedar is still a popular material for making solid and practical objects.

It is particularly popular in the shipbuilding industry.  also provided reliable wood for construction projects.

It is also an ideal heating wood.

Wood cut from yellow cedar can maintain its original condition for a century or more.

It is known for its ability to burn with high temperatures that last for a long time.



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What is Yellow Cedar (Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis)?