The TreeThe bole of the tree is usually cylindrical and even, although the tree grows less rapidly and produces a smaller volume of sawn wood than other pines.
The TimberOlder trees yield material typically harder and heavier than most other commercial pines, comparable in strength qualities with good quality douglas fir. However, most commercial timber is from younger, plantation grown stock and is light in weight, brittle and soft. Sapwood usually about 50mm but up to 150mm wide. Heartwood yellow to red-brown, generally resinous and barely distinguishable frm the paler sapwood. Susceptible to termite and marine borer attack. Damage by furniture borer sometimes present.
DryingCan be seasoned with little degrade, but slight surface checking and splitting down the centre may occur. Juvenile wood apt to twist excessively unless restrained during drying.
StrengthSimilar to European pines, design data may be found in BS5268-2.
Working QualitiesMedium - Resin may be troublesome in adhering to teeth and cutting edges, and in gluing. Long pitched saw teeth reduce the sawing problem. Holds nails and screws firmly and paints satisfactorily. Mature wood is moderately difficult to work with hand and machine tools but finishes cleanly in most operations.
Latin NamePinus elliottii
Also known aselliotis pine, slash pine
TreatabilityModerately Easy, Easy (Sapwood)