Learn more About Cedar (aborvitae" or "thuga occidentalis")

Eastern white cedar trees are coniferous evergreen trees in the cypress family. They are softwood trees, primarily found in wet sites and dry limestone ridges. The name arborvitae, or "tree of life" dates from the 16th century, when French explorer Jacques Cartier learned from the Indians how to use white cedar foliage to treat scurvy. An unusually tall conifer, the white cedar typically ranges in height from 50 to 70 feet with a pyramidal crown. The dark green or golden brown leaves are fan shaped and turn bronze in the winter.

  • There are examples all over the world of white cedar shingles lasting well over 100 years.
  • deal for both interior and exterior construction
  • Richness of grain, texture and color
  • Resists mold and rot naturally
  • Even grain, fine texture and the lowest density of any commercial domestic wood.
  • Exceptional dimensional stability
  • Naturally durable and resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage
  • Accepts stain and paint more uniformly than western red cedar
  • Easily worked by hand or with power tools
  • Unique cell structure that boosts insulation and reduces home heating costs.