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>From: "Richard J. Sexton" <richard at aquaria_net>
>The stuff used to line ceder chests and make the little thingies you
>put in drawers for the Ceder smell is nor grown in North America.
>They are "true" Ceders of the genus Cedrus, than grow in Lebanon
>(and now in other parts of the world, such as Jamaica). The
>stuff is called "Aromatic ceder", and not all true ceders will
>have this purplish heart to it, yo uhave to cut a tree open
>and it might have it. About 1 in 10 does, and nobody knows
I grew up in Tennessee and cedar trees grow like weeds there. They are one
of the first tree species to become established in a cleared field if you
stop mowing. The wood is very aromatic and the heartwood develops a
beautiful purple color. This is the stuff you make cedar chests of. There's
no need to go to Lebanon to get it.