Alaska Yellow Cedar

Other Common/Trade Names: Yellow cedar, Nookka cypress, Nootka cedar
Scientific Name: Cupressus nootkatensis. Formerly known as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
Best Characteristics for Identification: Odor similar to raw potatoes.
Uses: Shingles, siding, decking, paneling, cabinets. A popular ornamental species.
General Natural Range: Southeastern Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington along the coast and also in the Cascade range in Washington and Oregon.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Port Orford Cedar
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Alaska yellow cedar has an odor similar to raw potatoes and growth rings which are nearly indistinct. Port Orford Cedar has an odor similar to ginger and growth rings which are relatively obvious.
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