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Welcome, cedar works fine for hives and cypress too. The bees seal the inside with propolis, especially if there is any texture to the inside of the hive. This will eliminate any advantage to the inside. Cedar and cypress weather nicely if unpainted. Splitting is the biggest disadvantage besides cost. I encourage bee friendly planting and have a web page devoted to that at
Unfortunately, the bees will work about 400 acres. They will not stay in your yard any more than a couple of cats I had or the dogs for that matter.
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