Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Best Characteristics for Identification: Odor similar to ginger spice
Uses: Decking, boats, moldings, arrow shafts
General Natural Range: Very limited to southern coastal Oregon and Northern California. The occurrence of trees has been greatly reduced due to a root fungus that is carried in water and mud.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Alaska yellow cedar
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Port Orford Cedar has an odor similar to ginger and growth rings which are relatively obvious. Alaska yellow cedar has an odor similar to raw potatoes and growth rings which are nearly indistinct.