Red Cedar vs Cypress
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.
For western red cedar, probably talking about
Several different species of "cypress"
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
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