A tight, vertical grain structure and density yields strength that rivals oak. Heart pine's amber-orange patina has warmed spaces from colonial ballrooms and drawing room floors to modern bedrooms and kitchen floors.
COLOR: Heartwood is yellow after cutting and turns deep pinkish tan to warm reddish brown within weeks due to high resin content. Sapwood remains yellow, with occasional blue-black sap stain.
GRAIN: Dense, with high figuring. Plain-sawn is swirled; rift- or quarter-sawn is primarily pinstriped. Curly or burl grain is rare.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Moderate color variation.
HARDNESS (JANKA): Average
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Above average
DURABILITY: Natural resistance to insect infestation; dense.