Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Alaskan Yellow Cedar is the newest addition to our product line. It is uniformly light in color, fine textured, free of sapwood, dimensionally stable and extremely durable. It mills very easily and yields a glass-like finish. Alaskan Yellow Cedar is the ideal choice for exterior applications such as trim, soffits and siding where beauty, stability and resistance to harsh weather conditions are required. Its light, uniform coloring also makes Alaskan Yellow Cedar a unique choice for interior applications such as paneling and moldings.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar Properties
Alaskan Yellow Cedar has more or less always had the species label nootkatensis (so named for the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Canada). But the genus of the tree has been less clearly defined—it’s perhaps one of the woods with the most often-changed and reclassified botanical name. Alaskan Yellow Cedar was initially placed in the Cupressus genus, and later in the Chamaecyparisgenus (where it had remained for roughly 160 years). Recent reclassifications have moved it from Chamaecyparis to a newly created genus named Xanthocyparis, and then to Callitropsis, and finally back into Cupressus.
- Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.
- Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Holds paint well. Stains, glues and finishes well.
- Decay Resistance: Durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, and also resistant to most insect attacks.
- Common Name(s):
Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Nootka Cypress
- Scientific Name:
- Distribution: Northwest coast of North America
- Tree Size: 100-120 ft (30-37 m) tall, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m) trunk diameter
- Average Dried Weight: 31 lbs/ft3 (495 kg/m3)
- Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .42, .50
- Janka Hardness: 580 lbf (2,580 N)
- Modulus of Rupture: 11,100 lbf/in2 (76.6 MPa)
- Elastic Modulus: 1,420,000 lbf/in2 (9.79 GPa)
- Crushing Strength: 6,310 lbf/in2 (43.5 MPa)
- Shrinkage: Radial: 2.8%, Tangential: 6.0%, Volumetric: 9.2%, T/R Ratio: 2.1
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