CallitrWhite Cypress Pine
White Cypress Pine is
generally referred to in the industry simply as Cypress. Its properties relate more closely
with those of a hardwood than a conifer. The largest areas of forest containing
Cypress are found through western New South Wales and into Southern Queensland.
It is extremely hardy,
surviving poor soil conditions and low rainfall. The tree only grows to a
medium size which reflects the conditions in which it grows.
It is commonly utilised for a broad range of both feature and structural
applications, utilising its versatile properties.
The heartwood can range in colour from dark chocolate through to pale fawns. The
sapwood is a pale yellow. Cypress
is easily distinguishable with its feature of black or dark coloured
knot holes contrasting with the heartwood and sapwood. It also has a
distinctive smell which is quite noticeable when the timber is freshly
installed or sanded. The dust generated by sanding may be an irritant to some
people. It works reasonably well, however care needs to be taken when nailing –
particularly the seasoned product, as some splitting is common.
The heartwood is durable
with an excellent termite resistance that has made the material very versatile
and widely utilised. Like all softwoods, Cypress is immune to lyctid borer attack. Applications include general framing,
flooring, panelling, joinery and furniture.