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Eastern redcedar is the most widely distributed conifer of tree size in the eastern United States and is found in 37 eastern states. The species can be found from swamps to dry ridges, and can withstand extremes of drought, heat, and cold. While native to Oklahoma it is not indigenous to many of the areas where it now grows.
Although eastern redcedar is generally not considered to be an important commercial species, its wood is highly valued for its beauty, durability, and workability. The number of trees and volume of eastern redcedar are increasing throughout most of its range. It provides cedarwood oil for fragrance compounds, food and shelter for wildlife, and protective vegetation for fragile soils.
In 2010 the Eastern Redcedar Registry Board was formed to promote the management and utilization of eastern redcedar. The goal being that market creation and product development would slow eastern redcedar encroachment into nonnative habitats through utilization. This Board operates under the authorities outlined by the 2010 Oklahoma Eastern Redcedar Initiative (House Bill 2686)
For more information on the utilization of eastern redcedar you can go to the Aromatic Cedar Association website by clicking here.