Western Red Cedar

Common Name
Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata

Other Names
Red cedar

Country of Origin

Western red cedar heartwood shows variations in colour when fresh from dark brown to pink colour, maturing to a reddish-brown and, in time to silver-grey when weathered. The sapwood is a paler colour. Straight grained and rather coarse texture, it has a very low shrinkage factor. Also machines and stains very well. The forests of British Columbia, from where cedar is sourced, are all well-managed and certified as such. Producers carry certification under either SFI, CSA, FSC or PEFC.

Mainly used for
Exterior joinery
Roof shingles & shakes
Interior joinery
Window blinds & shutters
Hot tubs & spa pools

Western Red Cedar species fact sheet

Rosenfeld Kidson, as timber merchants acknowledge the importance of conserving the world’s greatest renewable resource.

We are pleased to advise that we carry Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification that enables us to sell timber that carries either FSC certification (SGS-COC-006703) or PEFC certification (SGS-PEFC/COC-0993).

FSC certified timber and PEFC certified timber undergo independent, third-party audited certification procedures at every step of the supply chain. This provides designers, specifiers, architects and consumers absolute assurance that those forest and wood products labelled as FSC certified or PEFC certified originate from legal sources, which are managed to prescribed social, economic and environmental standards.

As a New Zealand timber supplier offering the country’s largest range and quantity of specialist certified timbers we believe that stocking FSC & PEFC certified timber is essential for our continued growth. A major part of our timber range has FSC or PEFC certification and we are continually striving to increase this.

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