Latin Name: Taxodium distichum
Common Name(s): Cypress, Baldcypress
Sources: Southeastern United States
Color tends to be a light, yellowish brown. Sapwood is nearly white. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress.
Straight grain and medium texture to coarse texture. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a greasy feel.
Sharp cutters and light passes are recommended when working with Cypress to avoid tearout. Also, the wood has been reported by some sources to have a moderate dulling effect on cutting edges. Cypress has good gluing, nailing, finishing, and paint-holding properties.
Exterior construction, docks, boatbuilding, interior trim, and veneer.
Prices ought to be in the mid-range for domestic woods, with clear, knot-free boards for woodworking applications costing more than construction-grade lumber.