Pond Pine

Sand Pine (Pinus clausa)
Pond Pine (P. clausa pictured)

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Common Name(s): Pond Pine, Marsh Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus serotina

Distribution: Eastern United States (Altantic coastal plain regions)

Tree Size: 50-65 ft (15-20 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 38 lbs/ft3 (610 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .51, .61

Janka Hardness: 740 lbf (3,290 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 11,600 lbf/in2 (80.0 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,750,000 lbf/in2 (12.07 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 7,540 lbf/in2 (52.0 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 5.1%, Tangential: 7.1%, Volumetric: 11.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.4

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is reddish brown, wide sapwood is yellowish white.

Grain/Texture: Straight grained with a medium texture.

Endgrain: Large resin canals, numerous and evenly distributed, mostly solitary; earlywood to latewood transition abrupt, color contrast relatively high; tracheid diameter medium-large.

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

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

Odor: Has a distinct smell that is shared among most species in the Pinus genus.

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: Pond Pine is sold and mixed interchangeably with other species as Southern Yellow Pine, which is widely available as a construction lumber 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: Southern Yellow Pine is used for heavy construction, such as: bridges, beams, poles, railroad ties, etc. It’s also used for making plywood, wood pulp, and veneers.

Comments: Pond Pine is technically considered to be in the group of southern yellow pines, though it is a very minor species.

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Scans/Pictures: There are currently no pictures of this exact wood species, but a similar species within the Pinus genus is being substituted (P. clausa). If you’d like to contribute a wood sample of this specific species to be scanned, (even small pieces of veneer can be sent), please use the contact form.

Sand Pine (Pinus clausa)
Sand Pine (sanded)

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Sand Pine (sealed)

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