Southern yellow pine

Scientific name: Pinus taeda L. ; P. elliotis Engelm; P. echinata Mill; P. palustris Mill.

Geographic origin: Southeastern United States.


  • Sapwood: yellowish white colour.
  • Heartwood: reddish brown.
  • Fiber: straight.
  • Grain: medium size.
  • Characteristic defects: knots, resin bags, resin impregnations and young style wood.

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: medium to low capacity of being impregnated.
  • Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


  • Sawing process: easy, except in those cases of resin's excess.
  • Drying process: easy and fast. Low risk of deformations and crack formation. Resin exudations.
  • Planing process: easy. Risk of weakening due to the presence of resin.
  • Gluing process: difficulties can arise due to the presence of resin.
  • Nailing and screwing process: Pre-drilling is required.
  • Finish: difficulties can arise due to the presence of resin. A blending agent should be applied in order to homogenize wood.

Physical properties

  • Apparent density at 12% humidity 450 kg/m3 semi-light wood.
  • Dimensional stability
  • - Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.41 % stable wood.
  • - Relation between contractions 1.6% no tendency to deformity.
  • Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 2.4 semi-softwood.

Southern yellow pine

Mechanical properties

Resistance to static flexion 975 kg/cm2.
Elasticity module 130,000 kg/cm2.
Resistance to compression 492 kg/cm2.

Southern yellow pine


It can present large areas of resin, resin impregnations.