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October 28, 2016

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Bermuda Cedar Information

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Bermuda Cedar Information

Juniperus Bermudiana is the generic name of the variety of cedar tree indigenous to Bermuda which was growing most abundantly on the islands of Bermuda when they were discovered in the 14th century. Early settlers and their descendants thereafter used cedar to construct everything (cedar cradle to cedar coffin and everything in between). Bermuda Cedar was even exported to England for ship building. The exotic perfume aroma of the wood is heavier and more complex than its North American cousins.

In 1944, the oyster shell scale and the juniper scale, two parasites, attacked the cedars and within ten years, 90% of the original cedars were dead (about three and a half million trees based on a density of 300 trees an acre growing on Bermuda's 13,000 acres).

During the 1950s as many as 75,000 dead cedars were cut down and the wood stockpiled as re-forestation took place. Many more were cut down as Bermuda rapidly developed and have either been destroyed or extravagently used to make beautiful furniture, house doors and windows, ceiling beams, floors, and the like at great expense. The wood has become a rare treasure indeed and getting harder to find each year. The Bermuda Cedar items that you buy are made from small pieces of old stockpiled wood and can only be made when such pieces become available to our craftsmen. Because newly planted trees are protected, this old cedar represents the last of this treasure. We are fortunate to have a little of it for our customers.