The TreeVery fast growing species with knots prevalent.
The TimberSapwood is not easily distinguishable from heartwood. Early wood is almost white while late wood is pale brown. Numerous small resin canals, visible to the naked eye and prominent on tangential surfaces. Grain may be straight, spiral or wavy. Logs and sawn timber susceptible to blue stain.
DryingKiln dries rapidly, usually with little distortion. 25mm thick boards may be air dried in about 5 weeks.
StrengthTimber machine graded direct to Strength classes may be available; design data are given in BS 5268-2.
Working QualitiesMedium - Saws easily but must not be fed too quickly. Planes and moulds easily with only slight raising of grain around knots. Turns fairly well but for boring an mortising a support is needed at the exit side to avoid breakaway. Takes nails easily without splitting. Glues well.
Latin NamePinus patula
Also known aspatula pine
OriginEcuador, Argentina, Colombia