|Family Name: Taxodium distichum of the
Common Names: Southern cypress, cypress,
bald cypress (baldcypress), swamp cypress,
black cypress, buck cypress, cow
cypress, red cypress, white cypress and yellow
Height/Weight: The average height for Southern
cypress is 100 to 120 feet, but trees can grow to
130 feet or taller. The average weight is 32 pounds
per cubic foot.
Properties: Southern Cypress is a soft, durable
wood and very resistant to decay.
The wood is medium hard and strong with a close,
The color of cypress will vary according to the
region where it grows.
It should be kiln dried to the range of 10 to 12
percent moisture content. To dry the wettest pieces
without over drying the driest pieces, equalize
the equilibrium moisture content in the kiln to
|In addition to exteriors, cypress can be used for furniture.
Photo courtesy of Arcadian Cypress & Hardwoods
Cypress is lightweight with a close grain. The color is often dependent on where it grows. It has a blonde sap wood with a orange heartwood and can have light streaks on a dark background. The heartwood varies in color from a light, yellow brown to a dark brown. Southern cypress is a member of the Family Taxodiaceae, the same as the redwoods. Related species include pond cypress (Taxodium ascendens) and Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum).
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