Atlantic White Cedar grows along the East Coast of the United States. Although it can grow as far north as Central Maine, it is more commonly found further south, as far as Northern Florida. Because of it’s concentration in the Southeastern United States, it is also known as Southern White Cedar. Another name for it is Boat Cedar.
In the right conditions, Atlantic White Cedar trees can grow as tall as 120 feet with a 5 foot diameter. The sapwood is narrow and white. The heartwood is wide and is a light pinkish brown in color. The heartwood is rated as very rot resistant.
Atlantic White Cedar has a fine and straight grain. It is easily worked with tools. finishes well, and will hold paint. It is quite soft, with a relative hardness of 350 when dry. It is light in weight and holds fasteners well, although it is prone to splitting.
About our Stock
The decking we stock is a STK, or knotty grade. Unlike the select grade, this is not suitable for boatbuilding due to the knots. The knots are sound and the edges are eased. It is a similar product to our Western Red Cedar STK decking.
The select grade of Atlantic White Cedar that we stock is appropriate for boatbuilding.
The 5/4 live edge is a lumber for boat builders. We look for lengths of 18-20 feet and as wide as possible, often up to 20 inches. We sometimes have difficulty obtaining this Atlantic White. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to check availability.