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Softwood 28 lbs. per cubic foot, 2.33 lbs. per board foot
Grown along the Northern California coast, the heartwood is light cherry to dark mahogany in color, while sapwood is nearly white or pale yellow. The heartwood is extremely decay resistant, but sapwood is not. The wood is fairly straight grained and free of defects, especially if heartwood. It shrinks and swells little, is easy to work, but tends to be brittle and does not hold fastenings well. The strength is moderate, it does not bend well, and has little use in plywood boat building.