Cypress generally grows
in the Southern U.S. They are usually found in wet, swampy
areas along the Atlantic Coastal Plain from Delaware to Florida,
and then west along the Gulf of Mexico to the border of Texas
and Mexico. Cypress also grows along the Mississippi Valley
from Louisicana to Indiana.
General Characteristics: Cypress
trees are conifers, but unlike most American softwoods, they
are deciduous trees that shed their needles in the fall. They
can reach a height from 50 feet to 100 feet. When milled,
cypress tends to display a yellow tone with reddish hues.
Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry
weight/green volume) 0.59; air-dry density 40 pcf.
Working Properties: Cypress
machines well, planes easily and resists warping. Pre-boring
edges will help prevent splitting. It nails and screws very
well. It glues well, sands easily and readily accepts finishes.
Durability: The oils in cypress'
heartwood help make it very durable and resistant to moisture
conditions that cause decay.