The wide sapwood is pale yellowish-white merging into the
heartwood which varies in color from yellowish to light or dark brown, reddish-brown
or almost black. The color is darker in trees grown along the Gulf Coast
and south Atlantic regions than in the north. the wood has a greasy feel
rancid odor but does not impart taste, odor or color to food
products. The grain varies from straight to even, and the wood is coarse
It is an ideal wood to machine and shape and has very few
adverse attributes. It glues, sands, nails and especially holds paint well.
It is ideal for beams, posts, docks and bridges. It also
is used for siding, sash, doors, paneling, trim, and general millwork. Tanks,
vats, greenhouse framing and other products subjected to moisture are ideal
uses, as well as railroad crossties and shingles.