Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)


Common Names: (Fat Lighter, Lighter Wood, Rich Lighter, Pine Knot, Lighter Knot, Heart Pine or Lighter’d) Fatwood


Distribution: Southeastern United States, though also widely grown on plantations


Color/Appearance: Heartwood is reddish brown; sapwood is yellowish white.


Janka Hardness: 870 lbf


Density: 3.42 lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Working with pine has been reported to cause allergic skin reactions and/or asthma-like symptoms in some people.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: yes


Common Uses: Longleaf Pine is commonly used for construction, such as: stringers, roof trusses, poles, joists, piles; as well as interior applications such as subflooring and sheathing. In exterior applications, it is usually pressure-treated with preservatives.