Eastern White Cedar has excellent stability and decay resistance but isn’t nearly as hard or strong as its west coast counterpart, Port Orford Cedar. Eastern White Cedar is also sometimes referred to as Southern White Cedar to differentiate it from Northern White Cedar of the Thuja genus.
Common Name(s): Atlantic White Cedar, Southern White Cedar
Scientific Name: Chamaecyparis thyoides
Distribution: Coastal plain regions of eastern United States
Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 1-2 ft (.3-.6 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 24 lbs/ft3 (380 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .31, .38
Janka Hardness: 350 lbf (1,560 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 6,800 lbf/in2 (46.9 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 930,000 lbf/in2 (6.41 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 4,700 lbf/in2 (32.4 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 2.9%, Tangential: 5.4%, Volumetric: 8.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.9
Size Description: Available in surfaced or rough-sawn. Typically sold in a particular thickness and then random widths and lengths. Shingles available in 5”, 7”, and 8” reveal. Available natural, primed, or painted.
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