Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar heartwood is reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas. The narrow sapwood is pale yellowish white, and isn’t always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.

Western red cedar is rated as durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance, though it has mixed resistance to insect infestation.

Janka Hardness:

350 lbf 

Average Dried Weight:

23.0 lbs/ft3 (370 kg/m3)


Western red cedar is easy to work with both hand or machine tools, though it dents and scratches very easily due to its softness, and can sand unevenly due to the difference in density between the earlywood and latewood zones. Glues and finishes well. Iron-based fasteners can stain and discolor the wood, especially in the presence of moisture.