Thursday, 10 February 2022 15:23

Spanish Cedar, or “Cedrella Odorata”

Spanish Cedar has an interesting usage history in our market. From the initial interest in this species during the height of the cigar craze in use for boxes, to now being a popular choice for interior and exterior millwork, shutters, blinds, spanish cedar

For many years, there were two different types of Spanish Cedar imported. Known as Cedrella fissilis and Cedrella odorata. The most easily identifiable is Cedrella odorata, which possessed the strong, characteristic smell of Cedar and now makes up the primary species of Cedar imported today.  

In the past, the primary supply countries were Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. Today most of the supply is plantation-grown Cedar from Africa, where it grows plentifully in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

On our end we have focused primarily on Ghana as a supply country, finding the quality from this area to be a better match for what our customers need. All Cedars have been in CITES (Convention for Internationally Traded Endangered Species) for a number of years, but as of August 2020, the African Cedars should be removed from that list. This is due to the fact that they are plantation-grown and therefore not endangered in any way compared to the range states they originated in. 

We are happy to carry Spanish Cedar at American Lumber.  We stock this species in  4/4”, 5/4”, 6/4” and 8/4” on a regular basis and 10/4”, 12/4” and 16/4” when they are available as well.

Interested in Spanish Cedar or any of the other tropical species we offer?  Let us know how we can help!

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