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Name: Sally
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Date: 4/8/2005

Red Cedar vs Cypress tree? I am looking information on the differences between these two trees? I am in the Pacific North West, and want to know if a "Cypress" is actually a Cedar Tree (or considered part of the cedar tree family?) I believe Cypress is also called Yellow Cedar on the west coast, but am unsure if this is accurate? I need to research the effects of using Cypress wood chips as opposed to cedar wood chips, as red cedar will leach into the soil and ground water. I am hoping that Cypress is not as harmful, but I am finding much confusing if not contradictory information on these two types of trees!

An example of the infamous problem of common names. That's the reason that scientific names are used instead of common names; however, the following might be helpful.

"red cedar"

For western red cedar, probably talking about

Several different species of "cypress"

Anthony Brach Ph.D.

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