Needles Scale-like )
Cypress and Juniper Family (Cupressaceae)
Habitat: Western Slope Forests
Height: Up To 40 m
Description: Crossing the divide into British Columbia, suddenly the moisture level increases, and the size of the trees reflect this. The western redcedar is easily identified by its stringy, easily shredded bark, and its scale-like needles. The heavy branches droop, but often curl upwards towards the tip. Old trees often have many dead branches near the top. It is principally found further west, in the Columbia forest, but occurs on the western slopes in areas of high moisture. Many of the best stands have long since been logged, as the wood is of excellent quality and resists rotting.
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