Cedar is found in different parts of the world and has many different uses. Thanks in part to its weather resistant properties, cedar is often the wood of choice for outdoor applications, such as decks, furniture, fences, shingles and siding. Cedar may be best known for its wonderful aroma which makes it a popular choice for hot tub surrounds and saunas. The naturally occurring oil in cedar wood allows it to bead up and resist water without the need for paint or stain protection. Cedar is also a naturally bug resistant material.