The Cottonwood Family

eastern-cottonwoodBlack Cottonwood

Scientific Name: Populus trichocarpa
Location: northwestern North America
Dried Weight: 24lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 350lbf
Crushing Strength: 4,500lbf /in2

Black Cottonwood has heartwood that is light brown and a sapwood at is pale yellow to nearly white. The grain is straight to slightly irregular and it has a uniform medium texture. The wood gives off a low natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Black Cottonwood is rated as non-durable in regards to decay. The wood is easy to work with and glues, and finishes well. It has poor steam bending and poor nail holding properties.
eastern-cottonwood Eastern Cottonwood

Scientific Name: Populus deltoides
Location: central & eastern USA
Dried Weight: 28lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 430lbf
Crushing Strength: 4,900lbf /in2

Eastern Cottonwood has heartwood that is light brown and a sapwood at is pale yellow to nearly white. The grain is straight to slightly irregular and it has a uniform medium texture. The wood gives off a low natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Eastern Cottonwood is rated as non-durable in regards to decay. The wood is easy to work with and glues, and finishes well. It has poor steam bending and poor nail holding properties.

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