Common Name(s): Northern White Cedar, Eastern Arborvitae
Scientific Name: Thuja Occidentalis
Distribution: Northeastern North America
Average Dried Weight: 350 kg/ m3
Color: Pale brown or tan.
Grain: Straight even grain.
Texture/Pores: Fine texture and closed pores.
Durability: Rated as ‘Durable to Very Durable’ regarding decay resistance; Resistant to
termites and powder post beetles.
Workability: Good overall working characteristics, works easily with both hand and
machine tools. Can be soft and thus fragile, giving it poor screw-holding capabilities.
Northern White Cedar glues and finishes well.
Scent: Has a distinct, spicy, cedar-like scent when being worked.
Common Uses: Fences, posts, shingles, piles, outdoor furniture, railroad ties and
pulpwood. Due to flexibility can also be used in marine ply.