Port Orford cedar is a large, attractive tree that grows to 200 feet (60 meters).
scales, often with a white X pattern
woody, similar to Alaska cedar
and cypress cones.
Brown with flat ridges and furrows. Thick on old trees.
it grows: Along the Pacific
Coast from Coos Bay, Oregon to the
Klamath River in California, extending to 5000 feet (1500 meters) in the Siskiyous.
Oregon Caves National Monument on the Big Tree Trail (42.10124
-123.40306). You can find several plantings in Portland's Forest Park,
for example at the top of the Dogwood trail (45 32.397 -122 43.967) and
at miles 14.3 and 16.6 on the Wildwood Trail.
Current uses are
similar to western red cedar in decking and fencing. However, limited
supply and popularity in Japan contribute to high prices. Cultivars are
name honors Peter Lawson, who first introduced Port Orford cedar
cultivars. Other common names: White cedar, Oregon cedar.
Note that Port Orford cedar
is not a true cedar. That is,
its genus is not Cedrus,
the genus of the true
cedars from the middle-east.