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Encyclopedia > Redcedar

Redcedar is an alternative name for two North American species in the cypress family Cupressaceae:

It is also the name of an Australian species in the mahogany family Meliaceae:

Neither is a true Cedar (Cedrus spp.)


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Western Redcedar - definition of Western Redcedar in Encyclopedia (1140 words)
Western Redcedar, Thuja plicata, a species of thuja, is an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae, native to the northwestern US and southwestern Canada, from southern Alaska and British Columbia south to northwest California and inland to western Montana.
The name Western Redcedar is also sometimes split into three words as 'Western Red Cedar', though this can cause confusion, as it is not a cedar.
Western redcedar has an extensive history of use by the Native American people of the northwest coast of North America, from Oregon to southeast Alaska.
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