Cypress: Domestic Hardwood

Cypress wood is often used when durability or weather resistance is important. Cypress is a great lumber for exterior projects including Adirondack chairs, benches, picnic tables, and porch swings.

Cypress is easy to machine, router, and holds fasteners quite well. Cypress is relatively clear with a blonde to golden blonde appearance; the heart wood can be darker in color. Cypress can also resemble a clear pine and has long been used in the Southern United States as the choice for lumber that is exposed to the elements.

Cypress will have a nice gray color if left outside with no finish. Cypress is also naturally resistant to most bugs and pests.

Cypress has a Janka hardness of 1370.


Origin of Wood TypeSouthern U.S.
Botanical NameTaxodium
Specific Gravity.42
Avg. Weight Per BF3.4 lbs
Color RangeLight tan to dark brown, Sapwood lighter
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 16 feet
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesWoodworking or Exterior Projects
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Bald Cypress and American Cypress