Throughout the ages, Cedar has a history of lasting beauty. There are many types of Cedar and even many varieties of Aromatic Cedar.
Used to build the temple of King Solomon and the ships of Alexander the Great, Lebanese Cedar has a rich tradition. The ancient Egyptians used the oil extracted from Cedar during the mummification process. Cedar is even found in the Himalayas of Tibet.
In the United States, a variety of Cedars exist. Incense Cedar, found on Western part of the U.S., is used to produce pencils. Western Red Cedar is used for decks and house siding. Eastern Red Cedar, more commonly known as Aromatic Cedar, is the variety we feature.
Found primarily in the South—from Virginia to Missouri to Texas—Aromatic Cedar thrives in ridges, hills, and mountains. It is an extremely hardy tree growing in cracks, clay and alluvial soils where other trees dare not venture. It grows in small clusters; one rarely sees a large forest of Aromatic Cedar. The tree will also migrate into prairies and oak barrens, which creates challenges to trees native to those areas.
The trees are selectively harvested. By their very nature of growing in small clusters, clear cutting is not really possible. The tree grows quickly—typically to full maturity in 15 to 20 years. The diameter of the tree is usually small (usually 14” to 16”), and there are many branches.
Most interesting of all is the oil found in Aromatic Cedar. The oil is found only in the red part of the tree—the heartwood. The white part of the tree—the sapwood—does not contains oils. The aroma of cedar is created during the natural evaporation of the oils. What a wonderful scent in your home. However, moths and other insects detest this aroma. This is the effect that helps repel moths and other insects. The aroma of cedar also helps deodorizes shoes naturally.
Juniper Ridge uses only the finest grades of Aromatic Cedar by working closely with suppliers. Our wood is carefully kiln dry to properly stabilize the wood. Other manufactures may use only air drying to save costs. Juniper Ridge has the highest standard of red cedar content for shoe trees: 80 percent.