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Please provide proper references for trees

In your photo caption with your story “Fences finally down at Fernhill” (Hillsboro Tribune, Feb. 6 issue), in which you identified in the photo as “two sections of a Western red cedar log,” according to the following references, “A Pocket Naturalist’s Guide; An Introduction to Familiar North American Species”; “The Real Book Bible”; and “Trees to Know in Oregon (OSU Extension Service),” the correct manner to write the name of this tree is as follows: western redcedar.

The correct tree is Cedrus libani, or cedar of Lebanon, which is a true cedar native only to the Mediterranean and Himalayan regions of the world.

The true cedars have erect cones, and the needles are at the end of the tufts.

The false cedars are of the genus Calocedrus, Thuja and Chamaecyparis.

David Rohrback

Forest Grove


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