Uses: Pitch Pine is used for heavy construction work, lorry and railway waggons, shipbuilding, masts, exterior finish, flooring, dock work, decking etc. Lower density grades are used for joinery, light construction, boxes, crates, pallets etc.
General Description: Pitch Pine's heartwood is orange to reddish-brown in colour and resinous. The growth rings are clearly marked by the contrast between the light earlywood and darker, more dense latewood, giving a coarse texture, especially in rapid grown timber. The weight varies between 660 and 690 kg/m³ (41-43lb/ft³); specific gravity .67.
Pitch Pine has identical strength properties to Douglas Fir. Not suitable to steam bending due to its resin content.
Dries well with little degrade, and small movement in service.
Pitch Pine is moderately durable, and it is susceptible to insect damage. The heartwood is resistent to preservation treatment, but the sapwood is permeable.
Family Name: Pinaceae
Latin Name: Pinus palustris
Distribution: Southern USA
Also known as: Southern Pine