Any of several aromatic coniferous trees from the genera Libocedrus or Calocedrus. Incense cedars are native to high altitudes in California and Oregon. These evergreen trees have flattened branches with scalelike leaves that produce a strong smell when broken. The close-grain, smooth wood of the incence cedar is lightweight and soft, but durable. The wood is used for pencils, storage chests, trellises, and closet linings.
Synonyms and Related Terms
white cedar; Librocedrus decurrens; Calocedrus decurrens; cèdre à encens (Fr.)
Large tree growing to 60 m with trunk diameter of 3 m.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- External source or communication Comment: Western Pine Association, Portland, Oregon: air-dry weight = 26 pcf
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "incense cedar." Encyclopædia Britannica. 21 Oct. 2004 .
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incense_cedar (Accessed Feb. 2, 2006)
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998