Common Name(s): Juniper, Northern White Cedar, and Eastern Arborvitae
Scientific Name: Thuja Occidentalis
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.
Juniper is very durable against natural elements, including both decay resistance and pests like powder post beetles and termites.
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.
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.
The Juniper species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Juniper lumber is used in a wide variety of different products, from railroad ties, to canoes, fences and fence posts, and also outdoor furniture.
Juniper lumber is mostly praised for its decay resistance, making it highly coveted for outside applications.