Alaskan Yellow Cedar
Alaskan Yellow Cedar (AYC) is a mostly unknown and definitely under-appreciated material that is an excellent choice for many construction applications. AYC (Cupressus Nootkatensis) is technically not a Cedar but a Cypress. Most of what we call Cedar in Central Texas is actually a Juniper so I suppose Cedar must be an old Native American word for tree. AYC is responsibly harvested and is listed as a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature
AYC like Western Red Cedar (WRC), is native to the Upper Northwest ranging from Alaska to Northern California with the exception that AYC is only found along coastal forests. AYC has many of the same characteristics of WRC while actually being superior in terms of strength, dimensional stability, durability and a natural resistance to decay and insects. This makes it an extraordinary option for exterior and interior sidings, soffits, and trim. Also, since the tree is so large it is possible to find applications for heavy timbers for large outdoor structures like Pergolas, Arbors and Gazebos. AYC trees grow very slowly with densely packed growth rings that can reach heights over 100ft with a 4ft-6ft trunk diameter. It is not unusual for a tree to live over 1000 years. When you compare strength vs. weight, AYC punches way above its weight class.
AYC is gorgeous! It's luxurious and consistent golden yellow color and straight grain that easily takes a finish makes it a stunning choice when strength and beauty are important. This is an extremely durable and versatile wood that is suitable for a wide range of applications. We have Clear AYC in stock ready to mill to any profile. So, let’s make your next project truly spectacular - when impressive is important, contact the pros at TimberTown.