CYPRESS TREES ARE CONIFERS
Unlike most American softwoods, they are deciduous trees, shedding their foliage in the fall like hardwoods. Cypress grows alongside hardwoods and is traditionally grouped and manufactured with hardwoods.
MADE FOR THE OUTDOORS
Cypress trees make cypressene, a naturally occurring preservative oil. It makes cypress heartwood resistant to insects, decay, chemical corrosion and other damaging elements. People who work with cypress on a regular basis say the wood’s natural durability is a plus for exterior applications, including fence posts, shingles, clapboards, exterior trim, shutters, window boxes, and landscape design elements.
INDOOR BEAUTY AND DURABILITY
This versatile distinctive wood’s inherent beauty can just as easily add elegance to any home or office interior. Many design professionals and homeowners select cypress for the appeal of its honey-like hues. The sapwood is pale yellow-white, while the heartwood can range in color from light to dark or reddish brown.
PAINT, STAIN OR CLEAR COAT
Cypress readily accepts paints and stains. The unique color of cypress can be maintained with a clear sealer or will weather to a dark gray. Regardless of the finish, cypress delivers long-lasting performance and timeless beauty.
GOOD WOOD WORKING PROPERTIES
Cypress works well with both hand and power tools. The wood sand and planes easily and resists warping. Despite being resinous, it glues well and readily accepts finish. For more detailed working properties, visit http://www.hardwoodweb.com/dryingyards/html/species/HWWSpeciesCypress.html.
Special thanks to the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association for the great photographs.