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Cypress Family

Backyard Adventures uses 100% Redwood and Chinese Cedar in their playset products.  These lumber species belong the Cupressacae or Cypress Family.  Their common names include: Redwood, China Cedar, Western Red Cedar, and Northern White Cedar.  We use China Cedar for three reasons:

  • Small, tight knot structure 
  • Clear Appearance
  • Durability


Cunninghamia lanceolata (AKA china cedar) is a soft, but durrable wood.  It is easily worked, resistant to bugs, termites, and decay.  China cedar is used in many applications such as:

  • Housing
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Paneling
  • Bridges
  • Ships

Sustainable Forestry

Backyard Adventures' China Cedar suppliers adhere to the Sustainable Forestry Management Standard controlled by the Fujian Jiangle Forestry Bureau.  This Cedar is a very fast growing tree and regrows right from its roots after cultivation.  China Cedar farms have been around for over 800 years and became popular with the western world in the 1800's due to its unique properties.  It is the second most common replenshable material after bamboo for export to the west.