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WORKING WITH CYPRESS
WORKING WITH CYPRESS
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Common Names Bald Cypress, Black Cypress, Cows Cypress, Gulf, Pond or Red Cypress, Southern, Cypress, Swamp Cypress, Yellow and White Cypress
History Cypress trees are conifers, but unlike most American softwoods, these are deciduous trees that shed foliage in the fall like hardwoods. Although cypress is a softwood, it grows alongside hardwoods and traditionally has been grouped and manufactured with hardwoods.
Did You Know? During the Middle Ages, European craftsmen carved massive cathedral doors from cypress.
Distribution Most cypress trees are natives of the South. They are found primarily in wet, swampy areas along the Atlantic Coastal Plain from Delaware to Florida, and west along the Gulf of Mexico to the border of Texas and Mexico. Cypress also thrives along the Mississippi Valley from the Louisiana delta to southern Indiana.
Cypress roots love water. Some trees growing on wet sites develop what are called cypress "knees" or pneumatophores. The knee-like upright growths come from the roots, helping to support the tree and also to aerate the waterlogged root system. The wood from the knees is soft and light and can be used to make vases and novelty items.
Main Uses Cypress is a popular choice for building construction, posts, beams, decks, docking, porch flooring, greenhouses, siding and stadium seats." Cypress is also used to make caskets, doors, blinds, sash and other types of millwork. Fine grain cypress is used to make custom cabinetry. Because of its watertight durability, it is also used for cooperage, shingles, in tanks, vats, ship and boat building and to make railroad cars.
Relative Abundance Readily available as lumber and veneer.
General Description The sapwood is pale yellow white with the heartwood varying in color from light to dark or reddish brown. Localized pockets of fungus decay often create "pecky" cypress which has a rather novel appearance.
Availability Readily available as lumber and veneer.
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