softwoods page


NOTE: unless otherwise specifically stated, all of the images shown on this
page are of 1/4" square end grain cross sections shown at 12X with the top
of the image towards the bark and the bottom towards the pith so that
earlywood is towards the bottom of the growth rings and latewood is towards the top

to see all species with links to their anatomy page go here: species links

general characteristics of pine end grain:

NOTE: There are other species, not in the genus Pinus, that are conifers and that have pine in their name (for eample parana pine / Araucaria angustifolia) but these are shown in the "other" softwoods page.
The organization of this page is generally alphabetical by species name.
The common names of pines are generally numerous for each species and I
have generally just used the name under which the sample was presented to me.












slash pin / Pinus elliottii seems to have larger than usual resin canals














































The following 4 samples are from a batch of barn wood that was sent to me for ID. I concluded that they are pine for sure and my friend Mark Peet tells me that they are almost certainly Southern white pine / pinus glabra but we don't know that for sure so I'm just listing them as pine / Pinus spp.