Heidler Hardwood Lumber

Cottonwood

Thickness Grade Footage
4/4" Select & FAS  
4/4" 8" Up Select & FAS  
4/4" #1 Common

4865

8/4" Select & FAS 1700

Specie Information

    Populus deltoidus

    Cottonwood is the state tree of Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

    DISTRIBUTION
    Eastern U.S., main commercial areas: Middle and Southern states.

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION
    The sapwood is white and may contain brown streaks while the heartwood may be pale to light brown. It is a diffuse porous wood with a coarse texture. The wood is generally straight-grained and contains relatively few defects. Cottonwood is a true poplar, and therefore has similar characteristics and properties to aspen.

    WORKING PROPERTIES
    General machinability is fair, although tension wood is frequently present and can cause a fuzzy surface when cut, which in turn will require additional care when finishing. The wood glues well and has good resistance to splitting when nailing and screwing. It dries easily but may still have a tendency to warp, with slight movement in performance.

    PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
    Cottonwood is relatively light in weight. The wood is soft, and weak in bending and compression, and low in shock resistance. It has no odor or taste when dry.

    AVAILABILITY
    Widely available.

    MAIN USES
    Furniture, furniture parts, millwork and mouldings, toys and kitchen utensils. Specialized uses are Venetian blinds, shutters, and caskets.

    RELATIVE ABUNDANCE
    Together, aspen, basswood, cottonwood, elm, gum, hackberry, sassafras, sycamore and willow represent 12.5 percent of commercially available U.S. hardwoods.

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