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Pecky Cypress

Pecky Cypress

Pecky cypress, also known as bald cypress, is a softwood that is native to the southeastern United States. It is a slow-growing tree that can reach heights of up to 120 feet. Pecky cypress wood is light in weight and has a straight, even grain. It is easy to work with and takes finishes well.

Pecky cypress lumber is a popular choice for a variety of outdoor applications, such as siding, roofing, fencing, and posts. It is also used for making furniture, cabinets, and other outdoor applications. Pecky cypress is prized for its resistance to decay and insects, as well as its unique appearance.



This water-loving tree grows best in the swampy areas of Florida and the lower Mississippi river and can reach heights of up to 145 feet. Pecky occurs when the wood is attacked by fungus, resulting in lens-shaped pockets throughout the wood. When finally cut for paneling, it yields an attractive three dimensional look unlike any other wood.


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 heartwood is extremely decay and insect resistant due to the naturally occurring preservative known as Cypressine.


Machining: 4

Nailing: 5

Screwing: 5

Gluing: 4

Finishing: 5

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    Rough cut lumber comes straight from the mill through the dry kiln in the form of planks. This is a version of lumber that has been kiln dried with no further processing.


    Surfaced Two Sides (S2S) is rough lumber that has been dressed on the top and bottom of the board in order to meet the requested thickness. Associated Hardwoods has state-of-the-art planers that dress the boards to meet the customer's exact specifications.


    Rip-To-Width lumber is where both sides of the board are ripped to a customer's specified width after surfacing. Also available S3S, straight line ripped one edge after surfacing.


    Rip-To-Width/Cut-To-Length is where the board is manufactured and defected to a customer's unique specifications.


    Glued-To-Spec is where boards are ripped & cut and glued into a panels.

NHLA Grading Rules

The NHLA grades are based on the percentage of clear-defect free wood on a board. The measurements of this percentage are referred to as clear-cuttings.

Other than the FAS grades, the grade of the board is determined from the percentage of these clear cuttings and do not consider defects outside of the clear areas.

Learn more about NHLA Grading with this downloadable resource.