Cypress: (Taxodium distichum) Ratings 1 to 5 (best):
1/4 through 1/16 Sel & Btr
1/4 through 1/12 #2 Com & Btr
5/4x6 and 5/4x8 Sel & Btr
6/4x6 and 6/4x8 Sel & Btr
2x6 through 2x12 Sel & Btr
Atlantic Coastal Plain from Delaware to Florida, and west along the Gulf of Mexico to the border of Texas and Mexico.
The sapwood is pale yellow white with the heartwood varying in color from light to dark or reddish brown.
Readily available as lumber and veneer.
Cypress machines well, planes easily and resists warping. Pre-boring at board edges will help prevent splitting. It nails and screws very well. It glues well, sands easily and readily accepts finishes.
Cypress trees are conifers, but unlike most American softwoods, these are deciduous trees that shed foliage in the fall like hardwoods. Although cypress is a softwood, it grows alongside hardwoods and traditionally has been grouped and manufactured with hardwoods. The oils in cypress' heartwood make it one of the most durable woods when exposed to moisture conditions causing decay.
Exterior: siding, shutters, shingles, trim, fence posts. Interior: paneling, moulding, millwork, cabinetry, flooring, furniture.