Wood of the day #26: Ponderosa Pine

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 02-03-2015 11:55 AM 763 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Common name(s): Ponderosa Pine, Yellow Pine, Western Yellow Pine, Bull Pine, Black Jack Pine, Western Red Pine, Western Pitch Pine, Big Pine, Heavy Pine, Sierra Brownbark Pine, Western Longleaf Pine
  • Botanical name: Pinus ponderosa
  • Synonymous: Pinus ponderosa subsp. ponderosa, Pinus ponderosa subsp. benthamiana, Pinus ponderosa subsp. scopulorum
  • Distribution: Western North America
  • Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. Endgrain has some pores and the wood may contain pockets of pitch inclusions.
  • Fun facts: During Operation Upshot-Knothole, a nuclear test was performed where 145 trees were cut down by the United States Forest Service and transported to Area 5 of the Nevada Test Site, where they were planted into the ground and exposed to a nuclear blast to see what the blast wave would do to a forest.
  • Sampled by: Me

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