The heartwood can range in colour from dark chocolate through to pale fawns. The sapwood is a pale yellow. Cypress is easily distinguishable with its feature of black or dark coloured knot holes contrasting with the heartwood and sapwood. It also has a distinctive smell which is quite noticeable when the timber is freshly installed or sanded. The dust generated by sanding may be an irritant to some people. It works reasonably well, however care needs to be taken when nailing – particularly the seasoned product, as some splitting is common.


  • Species Name: Callitris glaucophylla

  • Size and location information: White Cypress Pine is generally referred to in the industry simply as Cypress. Its properties relate more closely with those of a hardwood than a conifer. The largest areas of forest containing Cypress are found through western New South Wales and into Southern Queensland.
    It is extremely hardy, surviving poor soil conditions and low rainfall. The tree only grows to a medium size which reflects the conditions in which it grows.
    It is commonly utilised for a broad range of both feature and structural applications, utilising its versatile properties.

  • Density: Green: 850kg/m3 Dry: 700kg/m3

  • Janka Hardness Rating: Green: 5.6, Dry: 6.1

  • Shrinkage: 4% Radial, 7% tangential

  • Durability: In ground: Class 1 Above ground: Class 1

  • Lyctids Susceptibility: No

  • Termite Resistance (AS3660): Yes

  • Strength Group: S5/SD6

  • Fire Hazard Properties :Ignitability: 13; Spread of flame: 8; Smoke Development: 3

  • Workability : Needs care when working due to brittle nature. Dust can be irritating. Susceptible to fine surface checking.

  • Uses: Flooring, panelling, joinery and furniture

  • Availability: Plentiful

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