Technical Sheet

Western Red Cedar

“Western Red Cedar can be described as one of nature’s most beautiful & versatile building materials. This extremely durable wood is a prime choice for shingles.”

Botanical Name:

Thuja plicata

Other Common Names:

Pacific Red Cedar, Giant Arborvitae, Western Arborvitae, Giant Cedar, Shingle Wood

Country of Origin:

Western North America

From Forest to Factory

Western Red Cedar is a versatile timber that is extremely resistant to rot and insects and can last hundreds of years. It is highly recommended for shingles. It is also commonly used for applications such as:

  • Exterior siding and lumber
  • Boatbuilding
  • Boxes and crates
  • Musical instruments


Native to western North America, Thuja plicatacommonly called Western Red Cedar, is an impressive tree that can live hundreds of years and reach up to 70 metres tall and 7 metres in trunk diameter. The oldest trees found are a thousand years old! Western Red Cedar isn’t just beautiful wood, it’s also durable and weather-resistant.

The stunning heartwood is a unique reddish to pinkish brown, often with streaks of darker red/brown areas. The sapwood is narrow and pale yellowish-white and isn’t always very demarcated from the heartwood.

The grain is straight and the texture is medium to coarse.

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