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About Cedar Trees
Cedar trees are large, evergreen trees of the family Cupressaceae. Cedar trees will usually grow to a height of up to fifty feet, but others can reach one hundred or more feet in height. Cedar trees are common in forest areas that have a good deal of annual rainfall. They prefer moist soil with limestone beneath it.

Cedar trees often live a long time. This is because the moist habitat of cedar trees is relatively free of fire. The wood of cedar trees is also very resistant to disease. The wood of cedar trees has a very pleasant smell. This is from natural oils in the wood that are toxic to insects and fungus. The oils do not develop in younger cedar trees, which often leads to the rotting of the heartwood of the younger trees. This results in mature trees that have hollow trunks, and make great homes for animals.

Cedar trees have been very important to humans for hundreds of years. Cedar trees were used by natives to make canoes and other boats. The wood of cedar trees was also used to make weapons, boxes, bowls and baskets. The bark of cedar trees was used to make blankets, capes and costumes. Cedar trees were also an excellent source of fuel. In modern times, cedar trees are used for making pencils and other tools.

Cedar trees make a great addition to any landscape. The evergreen foliage adds color year round. The beautiful fragrance of the wood wafts on the breeze. The branches of cedar trees make excellent locations for bird and squirrel nests. Cedar trees look magnificent towering over the land as a single tree, or bunched together in clusters of several trees.