- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 09 Mar 2018
The Properties of Cedar Wood
Cedar is a type of coniferous wood, meaning that it is classified as a softwood and its cones/needles remain all year round. Cedar trees fall under the Cedrus genus and the Pinaceae family, which is the family of trees that is coniferous.
Only a couple of species of Cedrus exist in the world, but they exhibit certain traits that make them very popular.
- Cedrus deodara – The deodar cedar – Western Himalaya.
- Cedrus libani – The Lebanon cedar – Lebanon and Turkey.
- Cedrus brevifolia – The Cyprus cedar - Cyprus.
- Cedrus altantica – The Atlas cedar – Morocco and Algeria.
These are the natural locations of the different species of cedar, but not the only places they can be found. In fact, the cultivation of cedars around the world has been very successful. Cedars can now be found around the entire Mediterranean region, western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America.
Description of Cedar
Cedars are naturally found at high altitudes; over 1,500m in the Himalayas, and 1,000m in the Mediterranean.
Compared to a tree within the same family, such as pine, cedars are generally quite small. They typically grow to around 35m, but larger in some circumstances. They have a natural spicy scent, thick bark, and broad branches. The leaves of a cedar are needle-like and can grow up to 6cm long.
Uses of Cedar
There are some types of cedar located in North America that are lightweight but also durable and highly stable. Because of this, it is used as wood shingles, which are tapered pieces of wood that clad roofs and walls to protect them from harsh weather.
Various types of cedar have a beautiful colour associated with them, but they are also resistant to warping and cracking, making them perfect for musical instruments. Instruments such as Spanish classical guitars and occasionally steel string guitars are made from cedar, however the type of cedar that is used is known as Western Red Cedar, which isn't a true cedar, such as the ones aforementioned.
--G&S Specialist Timber 12:01, 13 Mar 2017 (BST)
Find out more
Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- 11 things you didn't know about wood.
- Bordeaux Law Courts.
- Cheshire Oaks: Marks and Spencer.
- Chip carving.
- CIBSE Case Study Olympic Velodrome.
- Cross-laminated timber.
- Definition of tree for planning purposes.
- Engineered bamboo.
- European Union Timber Regulation.
- Forest Stewardship Council.
- Pine wood.
- Pine leaves.
- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
- Scunthorpe Sports Academy.
- The Scientific Properties of Wood.
- Timber preservation.
- Timber vs wood.
- Tree preservation order.
- Tree rights.
- Types of timber.
- Best Woods for Wood Carving
- Physical Properties of Wood
- The Differences Between Hardwood and Softwood
Featured articles and news
Non-material amendments can sometimes be necessary after planning permission has been granted. Find out more here.
Six things civil engineers could do to ensure the success of projects.
Dublin housing crisis restricts employers' ability to recruit, according to new U+I research.
Intricate inlays and beautiful patterns can be created with waterjet cutting.
Two historic quarries in environmentally sensitive areas were reopened to repair Exeter Cathedral.
The phrase ‘time at large’ describes the situation where there is no date for completion, or it has become invalid.
The Maldives is under threat from climate change. Read this report from BRE on their potential involvement in the region.
MHCLG update states there are still 124 private high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding and no remediation plan.
Starting a new built environment degree? We have a wide range of resources aimed at students.
Former railway chief James Blake says trust and control are key to successful infrastructure projects.