Aspen

Aspen

Aspen

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Durability

Density in kg/m3

Aspen

The Tree
The tree is normally from 15m to 18m tall, with a diameter of about 0.3m

The Timber
A light but relatively strong timber with a light uniformed colour with little colour difference between sapwood and heartwood.

Drying
Requires care to avoid warping and twisting during drying.

Strength
As a hardwood it has half the strength of red oak, nonetheless it is strong enough to use in home building

Working Qualities
Medium - The timber works easily, although there may be a tendency to bind on the saw. A smooth surface can be obtained, but there is a tendency for the fibres to tear in sawing, and sharp thin edged tools are needed to avoid woolly surfaces in planing. The wood can be nailed, screwed, glued, stained and finished with the usual treatments satisfactorily.

Latin Name
Populus tremuloides

Also known as
American aspen, Canadian aspen, quaking aspen

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely difficult

Moisture
Large

Texture
Fine

Origin
Canada, Alaska, North America