Maritime Pine

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Maritime Pine (P. sylvestris pictured)

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Common Name(s): Maritime Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus pinaster

Distribution: Southwestern Europe; also grown on plantations in Europe

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

Color/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.

Pricing/Availability: Maritime Pine is extensively grown on plantations in France, Spain, and Portugal for use as construction lumber. Prices within its natural range should be moderate.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.

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

Comments: Although Maritime Pine has been grown on plantations throughout the world, its use outside of Europe has been largely replaced by Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata) because it reportedly provides larger and better lumber. However, Maritime Pine is still an important plantation tree within Europe, and provides not only lumber, but also resin for turpentine.

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Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
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Francisco Garcia

In the Mediterranean region there is also the stone pine (pinus pinea). The wood has been used for centuries in shipbuilding, providing the curved frames, while the planking was marittime pine. It is harvested for pine nuts, and provides good shade (wide) in parks and nature.