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The PORT ORFORD CEDARS (Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana) are native to Oregon and California.  Their wood is straight-grained and rot resistant.  They are nice trees to photograph with their wispy foilage and delicate cones.. 


The Port Orford Cedar is one of five species in the genus Chamaecyparis.  European explorers first discovered them near Port Orford, Oregon.  The other four species of Chamaecyparis are native to eastern Asia.   Relatives of the species, Chamaecyparis Eureka, were found in fossils over 30 million years old.  Unfortunately, the Port Orford Cedars are now susceptible to root diseases and their numbers are on the decline.


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Interesting Notes:
In th 1850's, specimens were brought back to Edinburgh, Scotland and cultivated at the Lawson & Son nursery where they were renamed the "Lawson Cypress," an identification commonly used by horticulturists.   The USDA officially refers it as the "Port Orford Cedar."


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