Cedar, Western Red

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Western red cedar is favoured for its rich and inviting earthy tones. The true beauty of this durable softwood is most evident when used for appearance based applications such as external cladding and windows. The heartwood ranges from a pale brown or honey colour through to a richer dark brown, with older growth timber somewhat darker in appearance. The sapwood is a paler yellowish white colour. It has a fine texture and straight grain with growth rings often visible.

Botanical Name

Thuja plicata

Origin of Timber



Not Tested


  • Doors
  • Clading
  • Windows
  • Fencing
  • Joinery

Technical Information

 Tangential Shrinkage 3.0%
 Radial Shrinkage  0-2%
 Unit Movement 0.15%
 Density per Standard  350 kg/m3
 Modulus of Rupture  54 MPa
 Modulus of Elasticity  8.3 GPa
 Maximum Crushing Strength  34 MPa
 Impact  5.5 joules (J)
 Toughness  Low – up to 15Nm
 Hardness  1.5 kN


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