Yellow Cedar, also known as Alaskan Yellow Cedar or Western Cypress, is popular due to its unique properties and appearance. Graded to the same exacting quality control product standards written by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau for Western Red Cedar, these products weather to a lighter, more silvery gray than Western Red Cedar.
Yellow Cedar grows in the Pacific Coast region of North America from the Southeastern part of Alaska, southward through Washington and into southern Oregon. Yellow Cedar is usually found at high elevations on the coast and north of Knight Inlet, British Columbia.
Historically, Yellow Cedar was used in a variety of marine lumber applications. Today, Yellow Cedar shakes and shingles are becoming more widely specified and used in the market for sidewall and roof applications. It has several unique characteristics including the following:
- Uniform pale yellow color when new, will weather to a light silver gray patina
- Fine texture, straight grain
- Excellent strength and wear
- Naturally durable and resistant to insects
- Extremely stable with little shrinkage
- Heavier and more dense than Western Red Cedar
- Can be finished with a stain, paint, or left natural. Check with the coatings manufacturer for the best finish product option.
- Popular in historical applications due to its similarity in appearance to scarce Juniper, Bald Cypress or Southern State Cypress, or White Oak
MRS Stock SKU’s
- 18” #1 Alaskan Yellow Perfections
- 18” 5/8” Premium Alaskan Yellow Tapersawn Shakes
- 24” 7/8” Premium Alaskan Yellow Tapersawn Shakes