Alaskan Yellow Cedar Timber Guide

We wanted to impart some of that knowledge with our customers to help make your decision in choosing the right timber a little bit easier. Below you’ll find benefits, technical information and FAQs that cover just about everything you would need to know about Alaskan Yellow Cedar.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Benefits

The Alaskan Yellow Cedar timber provides a consistent yellow colour with straight grains throughout. More than just looking good, the yellow cedar machines with ease and with good stability. Alaskan Yellow Cedar can be glued, stained, polished, varnished and is relatively lightweight compared to other timber species.

When it comes to wear and tear, Yellow Cedar offers a highly durable timber that is resistant to splintering. For this reason, Yellow Cedar timber is regularly used by boat builders or for high traffic flow areas such as flooring and decking. What makes this species of timber even more desirable is its workability; being easily machined and finished compared to other softwoods, which in turn results in a beautiful, natural finish.

Yellow Cedar Technical Information

Other Names 

Camcedar, Nootka Cypress, Sitka Cypress, Pacific Yellow Cedar, Alaska Cedar

Botanical Name

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

Common Form


Species Type


Fire Indices Group 3 fire rated


Dry Density: 495 kg/m3
Janka Dry Hardness: 2.58 kN


Yellow Cedar Species Guide

Yellow Cedar FAQ's

What Is Alaskan Yellow Cedar?

Alaskan Yellow cedar is a North American softwood timber renowned for its attractiveness, durability and ease of tooling.

What Is Alaskan Yellow Cedar Used For?

Classified as a highly durable softwood, yellow cedar is regularly used for external applications that require a resistant timber. These external applications often include flooring, decking, weatherboards, external cladding, roofing and even boat manufacturing.

Does Alaskan Yellow Cedar Fade?

Alaskan Yellow Cedar does not fade but silvers over time with exposure to rain and sun. This is often a desired feature by builders and architects.


Is Alaskan Yellow Cedar A Hardwood?

No. Alaskan Yellow Cedar is a softwood. Despite commonly thought of as weaker, many softwoods are in fact as strong as, if not stronger than, some hardwoods.

Is Alaskan Yellow Cedar expensive?

The Alaskan Yellow Cedar species is less expensive when compared to other softwood species such as Western Red Cedar.

Is Alaskan Yellow Cedar Weather Resistant?

Regularly used for decking and external cladding, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is a great option for external applications as it is very resistant to weather.

Where Can I Find Alaskan Yellow Cedar?

Naturally, Alaskan Yellow Cedar grows in the northern pacific coast of North America, however, is widely used by timber manufactures in Australia due to is excellent qualities. As it is quite a valuable softwood option though, not all suppliers will regularly have stock of yellow cedar.

Can I Stain Alaskan Yellow Cedar?

Yes, Alaskan Yellow Cedar can be stained (often recommended) and provides a beautiful finish when stained.