Redwood cedar

Asked March 29, 2020, 8:05 PM EDT

I have a redwood cedar tree outside my house. I am planning to cut it down and selling the tree. How much is it worth and how can I sell it?

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

This is a pretty common question given the value of some wood species. However, we always give the caveat that it is the kiln-dried lumber that is valuable, much more so than the standing tree. The difference in value, of course is the skills, equipment, and thus costs to fell the trees (particularly if they are near structures), remove limbs, cut logs to length, move to a road, load, process, dry, and perhaps plane/surface the lumber.

If you incur the up-front costs to have all that done, you could likely make some money selling the finished lumber product. Otherwise, it can be difficult to find someone to pay you (or at least pay very much) for a standing tree due to the significant costs involved in simply getting the tree down on the ground and cleaned up.

That said, you might be able to find a custom sawyer in the Oregon Forest Industry Directory (https://www.orforestdirectory.com/categories/services/custom-sawing) and/or a log buyer that would pay for the log.

Another option might be to contact an arborist or tree service that can fell the tree; you can find a list of certified arborists in the Pacific Northwest on the International Society for Arboriculture website at http://www.pnwisa.org/. Some of these firms also have small sawmills (for just these sorts of occasions) and as such might be interested in buying the logs.

Buyers will of course want to know the exact species - you can do a Google search on cones and/or foliage to see if it is a redwood (Coast redwood or Giant sequoia), a 'false cedar' (such as western redcedar, Port-Orford-cedar, Alaska yellow-cedar) or a true cedar (Atlas or Deodar cedar). Note that people are often disappointed to learn their enormous sequoia trees are of limited value; there just isn't much demand for sequoia wood due to its low density and strength.

Buyers will also want to know things like log length (which is hard to estimate until it’s on the ground I know!), diameter, and some indication of quality - for example, number and size of limbs, distance between limbs, and any indicators of rot (which of course can also be difficult to know without first cutting the tree down or coring it).

Lastly, loggers and arborists will want to know what challenges they might face getting the logs felled, limbed, and loaded on a truck - are they near roads, structures, and/ or powerlines?

Regards,