Yellow Cedar is an evergreen conifer species in the genus Chamaecyparis in the Cupressaceae family. It has a distinctive fragrance and is highly rated by customers who esteem wood quality in much the same way that the Hinoki cypress is valued in Japan. Yellow cedar is used for a wide range of applications including as a material for interior finishes, as a building material for shrines, temples and other historical wooden buildings, for foundations, decks, wall panels, etc. Its sapwood is white while its heartwood is pale yellow. It has fine growth rings and a soft bark.