Lawson Cypress

Lawson cypress is also known as Port Orford cedar, Oregon cedar and white cedar, and is a pale yellow to pale brown timber. It is lighter in colour than Macrocarpa. The grain is very straight, with a uniform medium to fine texture.

It is very durable and rot resistant, resistant to most insect attacks, and is by far the strongest wood of any cypress species grown in New Zealand.

lawson cypress

Lawson Cypress


  • Easy to work with both hand and machine tools.
  • Holds paint well.
  • Stains, glues, and finishes well.
  • Sapwood can be used for internal structural uses provided it is treated to H1.2
  • Density – 495 kg/m3
  • Hardness – 1.9 kN

Lawson Cypress


This is a very strong timber which makes it useful for:

  • Framing
  • Internal structural end-uses
  • Weatherboards
  • Deckings
  • Roof trusses
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Roof shingles
  • Interior panelling, furniture and joinery.
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Building Product Information Sheet

Exterior Cladding