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Popular Log Home Wood Species

A sampling of popular log home wood species and their attributes.

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Northern White Cedar

Area harvested: Maine and Great Lakes states Heartwood colors: Light to medium or straw brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Light Heartwood decay resistance: Resistant

Bald Cypress (Red & Yellow)

Area harvested: Southern states and South Atlantic Heartwood colors: Earlywood medium yellow brown, latewood amber to dark brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Moderately resistant

Douglas Fir

Area harvested: Pacific Coast, Rocky Mountains, British Columbia Heartwood colors: Orange-brown to deep reddish brown, sometimes yellowish brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Moderately resistant

Western Hemlock

Area harvested: Oregon and Washington, northern Rocky Mountains of Canada and Alaska Heartwood colors: Nearly white to pale brown Sapwood colors: Not distinguishable Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Slightly resistant

White Oak

Area harvested: South Atlantic, central states, southern Appalachian region Heartwood colors: Light to dark brown, often with a grayish cast Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Heavy Heartwood decay resistance: Resistant

Lodgepole Pine

Area harvested: Central Rocky Mountain states, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington Heartwood colors: Varies from light yellow to light yellow-brown Sapwood colors: Yellow or nearly white Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Slightly resistant

Eastern White Pine

Area harvested: Southern states and South Atlantic Heartwood colors: Earlywood medium yellow brown, latewood amber to dark brown Sapwood colors: Nearly white Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Moderately resistant

Yellow Poplar

Area harvested: Southern states Heartwood colors: Commonly green or greenish brown, occasionally shaded with purple, blue, black or yellow, or streaks of various colors Sapwood colors: Flat creamy or grayish white Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Slightly resistant

Eastern Spruce

Area harvested: Red: New England, Appala­chians; White and Black: Great Lakes states, New England Heartwood colors: Creamy white or pale yellowish brown Sapwood colors: Color not distinguishable from heartwood Weight*: Moderate Heartwood decay resistance: Slightly resistant

Engelmann Spruce

Area harvested: Oregon?and Rocky Mountain states Heartwood colors: Nearly white, tinge of red Sapwood colors: Color not distinguishable from heartwood Weight*: Light Heartwood decay resistance: Slightly resistant

 

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