Patula Pine

Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata)
Patula Pine (P. radiata pictured)

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Common Name(s): Patula Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus patula

Distribution: Native to eastern Mexico; also grown on plantations in tropical regions

Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 36 lbs/ft3 (575 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .45, .58

Janka Hardness: 550 lbf (2,450 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 11,500 lbf/in2 (79.3 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,463,000 lbf/in2 (10.09 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 5,160 lbf/in2 (35.6 MPa)

Shrinkage:Radial: 4.1%, Tangential: 7.9%, Volumetric: 12.6%, T/R Ratio: 1.9

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is light pinkish brown, sapwood is a paler yellowish white, though not usually distinct from the heartwood.

Grain/Texture: Straight grained with a medium, even texture.

Rot Resistance: The heartwood is rated as non-durable to perishable in regards to decay resistance.

Workability: Patula Pine works well with both hand and machine tools. Glues and finishes well.

Odor: Patula Pine has a faint, resinous odor while 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: Much like Radiata Pine, Patula Pine has a somewhat narrow natural distribution which is greatly expanded through plantation trees. Patula Pine is grown for basic construction purposes and should be available in tropical and sub-tropical regions for a modest price.

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), boxes/crates, and construction lumber.

Comments: Patula is latin for open or spreading, and the tree is sometimes called Spreading-Leaved Pine.

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Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata)
Radiata Pine (sanded)

Radiata Pine (sealed)
Radiata Pine (sealed)
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