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Name: Sally
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Date: 4/8/2005


Question:
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!


Replies:
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"

http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/find_lat?COM=red+cedar

For western red cedar, probably talking about

http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Thuja+plicata

Several different species of "cypress"

http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/find_lat?COM=cypress

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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