Incense Cedar

Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Calocedrus decurrens. Formerly Libocedrus decurrens
Best Characteristics for Identification:  Pungent acrid odor. Smells like pencils. Straw brown color.
Uses: Siding, pencils, furniture.
General Natural Range: From Northern Oregon along the Cascade range to the coastal mountains of southern Oregon and California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Western red cedar
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species: Incense cedar has an acrid smell and taste whereas western red cedar has a sweet, pleasant smell and no taste.