Redwood vs. Cedar

Redwood vs. Western Red Cedar

Redwood and Western Red Cedar have many similarities; however there are significant differences that set the two apart. Learn more by downloading our flyer, Redwood vs. Western Red Cedar.


This is the most obvious difference between Redwood vs. Western Red Cedar. Redwood is a deep reddish-brown color whereas Cedar typically has a yellow-brown hue. If left unstained, Redwood takes on a silver-gray patina while Cedar turns gray. As far as grain goes, many grades of Redwood feature tighter grain patterns and fewer knots than comparable grades of Cedar.


Humboldt Redwood has access to 850,000 acres of FSC® certified redwood forestlands and two state-of-the-art sawmills in Northern California. This means Humboldt Redwood products are available and a great value. Western Red Cedar is primarily sourced from British Columbia,  Canada and originates from sensitive, first-nation lands.


Humboldt Redwood and Western Red Cedar lumber products perform similarly.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wood Handbook, second growth Redwood offers higher strength properties than Western Red Cedar. One measure of strength compared is Work to Maximum Load, which is a measure of the combined strength and toughness of a particular wood species under bending stresses. Redwood measures 5.7 inches/board foot, while cedar comes in lower at 5.0 inches/board foot.

Made in the U.S.A

All Redwood trees grow and are harvested and manufactured into lumber in the U.S. Western Red Cedar, most commonly used for decking, on the other hand, is  primarily sourced from British Columbia, Canada where standards for environmental stewardship and sustainability may be less restrictive. Redwood lumber supports jobs and local communities right here at home.


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Humboldt Redwood Company 125 Main Street
P.O. Box 565
Scotia, CA 95565

(707) 764-4472 – Main Number
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