Southern Yellow Pine

Pinus spp.

Known also as pitch pine and Southern pine. Four main species: shortleaf, longleaf, loblolly and slash.

Where it grows

Southern Yellow Pine grows in a vast band across the Southern USA from Texas to Virginia.

Sapwood yellowish white  yellow
Heartwood light yellow/orange to red brown or yelowish brown
Grain wide closed
Height 100-120 ft with diameter 2' - 2,5'
Average weight at 12% M.C ( kg/m³) 537-626
Specific gravity at 12 % M.C. (kg/m³) 0,51-0,61
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End Uses

Construction, furniture, veneers and plywood.


Southern Yellow Pine’s high density gives it natural strength, weight and wearing resistance. It is comparable to hardwood species such as oak, ash and hickory. The wood is amenable to treatment with chemical preservatives.

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