Port Orford cedar is a common name for the Lawson Cypress, is native only to NW California and SW Oregon. It is a cypress and not a true cedar. Port Orford firewood is one of the higher BTU softwoods and burns very well. Straight grained wood is common, making it easy to split and great for kindling.
Port Orford cedar would probably be more popular for firewood, but its wood is valuable for other uses. Much of it is shipped to Japan where it is valued for building coffins and temples. It has an aroma that some describe as being like ginger, I have always thought it has a little bit of a rose petal fragrance. Its straight grain is used for many things including musical instruments.
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