Common Name(s): Juniper, Northern White Cedar, and Eastern Arborvitae

Scientific Name: Thuja Occidentalis

Origin:

Tree Size: 50-65 ft (15-20m) tall, 1.3-2ft (.4-.6m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 2.4 lbs per Bft

 

Color & Appearance:

Juniper’s sapwood is almost white, but still a creamy tan. Heartwood can range from tan to pale brown. Small knots are typically common in the lumber.

Rot Resistance:

Juniper is very durable against natural elements, including both decay resistance and pests like powder post beetles and termites.

Workability:

Juniper has great working characteristics in almost all categories except in screw holding capabilities. Juniper makes up for that in its glue holding capabilities and the lumber finishes well.

Odor:

Juniper carries a piney, cedar-like smell when being worked on.

Allergies and Toxicity:

Several species in the Juniper genus have been reported to cause respiratory and/or skin irritation. Although these cases may be rare, it is important to make sure people that will come in contact with the wood are aware of the possible effects.

Pricing & Availability:

Generally in the mid-range as far as lumber pricing, this lumber is typically found in smaller sizes than other lumber.

Sustainability:

The Juniper species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses:

Juniper lumber is used in a wide variety of different products, from railroad ties, to canoes, fences and fence posts, and also outdoor furniture.

Comments:

Juniper lumber is mostly praised for its decay resistance, making it highly coveted for outside applications.

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