Columbian Pine

Reclaimed parquet flooring

Columbian Pine (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Columbian Pine known as Douglas Fir, as well as Oregon Pine. It refers to British Columbia in Canada. It is an abundant timber, widely grown in North America i.e. Canada and United States. Named after Scottish botanist David Douglas, although the scientific name is for Archibald Menzies, who first described the tree in the 1790s.

The trees grow up to 200 ft ( 60 m), even as high as 300 ft in North America with a diameter of up to 5 ft (1.5 m).

Columbian Pine characteristics

The wood has clear growth ring definition and this produces a distinct lined pattern. In quarter-sawn pieces, the grain is typically straight and plain. In flat-sawn pieces, the wood can have exaggerated grain patterns. It is often confused with Pitch Pine – here is a link to our blog on the differences.

The colour is pale to mid brown with sometimes a red or pink tinge. It glues well, staining can be a bit patchy, but polishing produces good results. Some parquet may develop a slight pinkish to salmon colour when finished with some products. This species has a pleasant, slightly spicy odour.

It is a medium weight softwood almost comparable in resistance to wear with pitch pine, although it will bruise when dented. Softer pine has a tendency to split. For all fixing types, we recommend pre-drilling. This wood is well suited for parquet flooring.

You can buy this species here when available, or request a sample.

Columbian pine close-up

Columbian pine close-up