Color/Appearance:Heartwood is a light yellow. Sapwood is a similar whitish/pale yellow and isn’t distinct from the heartwood. Color tends to darken with age upon exposure to light, (though when left exposed outdoors it weathers to a uniform gray).
Grain/Texture:Grain is usually straight, though sometimes wavy, with a uniform medium to fine texture.
Endgrain:Resin canals absent; earlywood to latewood transition gradual, color contrast medium; tracheid diameter small to medium.
Rot Resistance:Reported to be durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, and also resistant to most insect attacks.
Workability:Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though pieces with wavy grain may produce tearout during planing. Holds paint well. Stains, glues, and finishes well.
Odor:Alaskan Yellow Cedar has a distinct scent that is similar to raw potatoes.