Japanese cedar

Japanese Cedar heartwood is a warm red / brown colour with some dark streaking. The sapwood is almost white. Cedar is not a structural timber, as it is a low density softwood. It is quite a lot weaker than pine.

Like most cedars, the wood is soft, light, aromatic, and resistant to decay. Japanese Cedar or Sugi is commercially grown in Japan for many construction purposes, such as panelling and joinery. However, because the timber is soft it is subject to indentation. It should not be used if a hard-wearing timber is required.

japanese cedar

Japanese cedar


  • Easy to work with hand or machine tools
  • Responds poorly to steam bending.
  • Glues, stains, and finishes well
  • Not suitable for applications subject to loads or surface abrasion (wear)
  • Not ground durable

Japanese cedar


  • Exterior cladding (heartwood only)
  • Siding
  • Panelling
  • Furniture
  • Fences
  • Boatbuilding
japanese cedar

Building Product Information Sheet

Exterior Cladding