by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  June 4, 2022

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Cedar wood comes from several different trees known as cedars that grow in different parts of the world, and may have different uses. California incense-cedar, from Calocedrus decurrens, is the primary type of wood used for making pencils Taiwan incense-cedar, comes from Calocedrus formosana, an endangered species that has been over-harvested for its fragrant decay-resistant wood Chinese incense-cedar, comes from Calocedrus macrolepis, which has been over-harvested for its fragrant decay-resistant wood Cigar-box cedar or Spanish cedar, from Cedrela odorata, is fragrant, insect-repellent, and light-weight, primarily used to protect clothing from insects Cedar from Cedrus, was once an important timber in the Mediterranean area, used for building and shipbuilding, but severely overexploited for thousands of years. Port Orford cedar, from the western North American tree Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, is light-weight and durable, and particularly valued in east Asia Japanese cedar, from Cryptomeria japonica, is a light-weight wood used in house-building Mexican white cedar from Cupressus lusitanica, comes from a drought-resistant tree that has been widely cultivated for its timber for centuries Eastern red cedar from Juniperus virginiana, is soft, red, fine-grained, fragrant, and decay-resistant, often used for fence posts Ceylon cedar from Melia azedarach, is a high-quality timber that resembles teak Western red cedar from Thuja plicata, is soft red-brown, aromatic, decay-resistant, used for outdoor construction, shingles, and guitar-making, Northern white cedar from Thuja occidentalis, comes from a relatively small tree, and is used for canoe-making, log cabins, fences, and shingles Australian red cedar from Toona ciliata, is red, highly valued, and easy to work, used for furniture-making and shipbuilding

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.