Heart Pine Wide Plank Flooring
Heart pine is actually the heartwood of the longleaf pine tree. Though pine is generally considered a softwood rather than a hardwood, heart pine is different. The longleaf pine’s secret is life in the slow lane, taking 200-400 years to reach maturity.
That unhurried demeanor creates a heartwood with tight growth rings and strength, stability, and density on par with red oak or walnut. Freshly cut, heart pine possesses a yellowish hue, but over time its resin content pushes the coloring toward a pinkish tan or comfortable russet. The grain is dense with some figures, swirls, and cathedrals, and is punctuated by the occasional knot.
Longleaf pine has been nicknamed heart pine both for the plentiful heartwood its slow growth produces, and for the rich, warm amber coloration that heartwood acquires over time. The wood possesses a dynamic balance of color, tone, and richness heralding itself as an architectural classic, yet simultaneously suggesting comfortable compatibility for generations to come.
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