Caribbean Pine

Common Name(s): Caribbean Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus caribaea

Distribution: Central America and the Caribbean; also grown on plantations worldwide

Janka Hardness: 1,110

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is reddish brown, sapwood is yellowish white and is distinct from the heartwood.

Grain/Texture: Straight grained with a medium to coarse texture and a greasy feel.

Endgrain: Large resin canals, numerous and evenly distributed, mostly solitary; earlywood to latewood transition abrupt, color contrast high; tracheid diameter medium-large.

Rot Resistance: The heartwood is rated as moderately resistant to decay.

Workability: Overall, Caribbean Pine works fairly well with most tools, though the resin can gum up tools and clog sandpaper. Caribbean Pine glues and finishes well.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.

Common Uses: Paper (pulpwood), veneer, plywood, flooring, and construction lumber.