Using the correct names when specifying timber

Using the correct names when specifying timber

Date Published

28 August 2022

Document Type




The aim of this unit is to show how the different names are used within the timber industry
in Europe and the rest of the world, and to explain the importance of using the correct name when specifying a particular timber. This unit will cover the legislation and sourcing of timber, and also the scientific reasoning behind why timbers have, or acquire, the names that they do.

Key Information

It is important to know the correct names of different species of wood to ensure
the correct timber is specified for a particular product.

Trees are divided into two categories: those with naked seeds, and those with covered seeds.

Trade names vary from country to country so the correct species names should be used instead.

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