Western Red Cedar Species Profile

Western red cedar grows at low-to-mid elevations along the Coast and in the wet belt of the Interior, where the climate is cool, mild and moist. It is a large tree, up to 60 metres tall when mature and 2.5 metres in diameter. It is rarely found in pure stands and is often mixed with Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, black cottonwood and red alder. Western red cedar makes up approximately 8% of British Columbia’s total growing stock, and is one of the most commercially valuable species.