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Cedar is known for its attractive red color and sweet smell. The heartwood ranges in color from medium reddish-brown to a deep orange-red. Growth rings are clearly visible with strong contrast between early wood zones and denser, late wood zones. The grain is usually straight, although sometimes marred by knots, and has a coarse texture. Cedar is most well known for its scent and its ability to repel or kill most insects that might damage clothing and linens.
Other Names: Eastern Red Cedar
Aromatic Cedar is found in abundance in a specific region of the United States that ranges from east Texas, across Oklahoma into Tennessee.
Aromatic Cedar is relatively hard (similar to Longleaf and Loblolly Pine). It is easy to work with hand and machine tools. It nails and screws well, and can be either painted or stained for a good finish.
Cedar is often used in outdoor furniture and decorative garden accessories, as well as for gates, decks and fences, because of its natural resistance to decay. It is also used in chests and closets for its aromatic and insect-repelling purposes.