Southern Redcedar

Southern Redcedar (J. virginiana pictured)
Southern Redcedar (J. virginiana pictured)

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Common Name(s): Southern Redcedar

Scientific Name: Juniperus silicicola (Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola)

Distribution: Southeastern United States

Tree Size: 50 ft (15 m) tall, 2 ft (.6 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 32 lbs/ft3 (505 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .42, .51

Janka Hardness: 610 lbf (2,710 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 9,400 lbf/in2 (64.8 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,170,000 lbf/in2 (8.07 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 6,570 lbf/in2 (45.3 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 2.2%, Tangential: 4.0%, Volumetric: 7.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.8

Color/Appearance: No data available.

Grain/Texture: No data available.

Rot Resistance: No data available.

Workability: No data available.

Odor: Has a pleasant, cedar-like scent.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Southern Redcedar has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: No data available.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: No data available.

Comments: Some botanists treat Southern Redcedar as a variety of Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola), and the lumber is also likely to be similar as well.

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Aromatic Red Cedar (sealed)

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