Maritime Pine is still an important plantation tree within Europe, and provides not only lumber, but also resin for turpentine. It provides larger and better lumber.

  1. General Details

    Origin :
    Southwestern Europe; also grown on plantations in Europe

    Color or Appearance : 
    Heartwood is light reddish brown, demarcated sapwood is pale yellow to nearly white. Color tends to darken with age.

    Grain/Texture :
    Grain is straight, with a medium, even texture.

    Rot Resistance : 
    The heartwood is rated as moderate to low in decay resistance.

    Workability : 
    Overall, Maritime Pine works fairly well with most tools, though the resin can gum up tools and clog sandpaper. Maritime Pine glues and finishes well.

    Odor : 
    Maritime Pine has a distinct, resinous odor when being worked.

    Allergies / Toxicity : 
    Working with pine has been reported to cause allergic skin reactions and/or asthma-like symptoms in some people. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

    Comman Uses :
    Paper (pulpwood), flooring, boxes/crates, and construction lumber.

  2. Technical Info

    Tree Size :
    65-115 ft (20-35 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter

    Average Dried Weight :
    31 lbs/ft3 (500 kg/m3)

    Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC) :
    .39, .50

    Janka Hardness :
    390 lbf (1,740 N)

    Modulus of Rupture : 
    10,590 lbf/in2 (73.0 MPa)

    Elastic Modulus :
    1,238,000 lbf/in2 (8.54 GPa)

    Crushing Strength :
    5,660 lbf/in2 (39.0 MPa)

    Shrinkage :
    Radial: 4.5%, Tangential: 9.0%, Volumetric: 14.4%, T/R Ratio: 2.0