Scientific Name: Calocedrus decurrens
Nativity: Western North America
One of the most fire and drought-resistant species of the west coast, the incense cedar has many adaptations these conditions. It’s extra thick bark prevents low-intensity fire from burning the heartwood. It can sprout from its roots after the above-ground portion of the tree is burnt.It can close its stomata to prevent water loss. Historically, it was the only species used to produce wood pencils because of its straight grain and ease of sharpening. Its cones have a strongly scented resin that acts as a rodent deterrent.
DBH: 30.1 inches