Monterey Pine

Scientific name: Pinus radiata D. Don

Geographic origin: Originary from California, United States. Introduced in Europe, New Zeland, Australia, Brazil.


  • Sapwood: Yellowish white
  • Heartwood: yellowish grey to brownish grey
  • Fiber: Straight
  • Grain: medium size to rough
  • Characteristic defects: abundant lively Knots. Young wood to compression wood

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: Capable of being impregnated
  • Heartwood: From medium to low capacity of being impregnated


  • Sawing process: Easy and with no difficulties
  • Drying process: Easy and Fast. Low risk of deformation and crack formation.
  • Planing process: Easy
  • Gluing process: Easy
  • Nailing and screwing process: Easy. Pre-drilling is required
  • Finish: Easy

Physical properties

  • Apparent density at 12% humidity
  • 500 kg/m3 semi-light wood
  • Dimensional stability
  • - Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.44 % stable wood
  • - Relation between contractions 1.5% no tendency to deformity
  • Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 2.15 Semi-softwood

Monterey Pine

Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to static flexion 874 kg/cm2 &;8226; Elasticity module 90,000 kg/cm2
  • Resistance to compression 434 kg/cm2

Monterey Pine


Fast growth wood is less stable than other pine woods with slowlier growth.