White cedar

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Description

A lumber trade term referring to any of several large, softwood trees native to North America. White cedar wood is used for exterior siding, shingles, piers and interior trim.

- Pacific northwest: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Port Orford cedar), Librocedurs decurrens (incense cedar)

- Eastern U.S.: Chamaecyparis thyoides and Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea (American cypress)

- Northeastern North America: Thuja occidentalis (American arborvitae)

Synonyms and Related Terms

Chamaecyparis lawsonianal; Librocedurs decurrens; Chamaecyparis thyoides; Chamaecyparis sphaeroidea; Thuja occidentalis; cyprès de Lawson (Fr.); cipresso di Lawson (It.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • External source or communication Comment: Northern Pine Manufacturers
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997