Scientific Name: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Nativity: Oregon and California
Named for its discovery near Port Orford, Oregon, these trees are known for their strong, ginger-like scent. Their natural range spans only 220 square miles in Oregon and California. They are one of the few trees that can survive in serpentine soils. Serpentine soils are full of heavy metal, which is normally toxic to trees. However, the Port Orford cedar has special adaptations that allows it to live among the heavy metals. Port Orford cedars are currently threatened by Phytophthora lateralis, an invasive water mold. This is a big concern because these cedars are essential components of serpentine ecosystems in their range. They are also cut for their wood, which is commonly used for arrow shafts because of the extremely straight grain.
DBH: 24.2 inches