Yellow Cedar (also known as Alaskan Yellow Cedar or Western Cypress) is far less widely known and used than Western Red Cedar, yet it offers very similar performance characteristics. In fact, in many areas, Yellow Cedar is superior to Western Red Cedar and is available at a more affordable price.
Yellow Cedar grows along the Pacific coast of North America, from Oregon in the south up into Canada and as far north as Alaska. It shares a similar growing region to Western Red Cedar; however, Yellow Cedar usually grows at higher elevations which can make access for logging difficult.
This probably accounts for the fact that despite its abundance it does not have the widespread commercial availability of Western Red Cedar.
Silva Timber offers shingles, shakes, and hip & ridge caps in Certigrade Yellow Cedar.