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      White Oak

      White oak is the workhorse of Eutree’s Forest Free hardwood selection. That’s not just because quercus alba is common to our region. White oak’s qualities also make it ideal for many a wide variety of human uses: Furniture, flooring, indoor beams, decking. exterior posts, slabs. Even wine barrels and shipbuilding.

      The secret to white oak’s resilience is its tyloses — special growths that block unused pores and make the tree's heartwood watertight. The resulting rot resistance makes it a great choice for exterior uses. White oak often hybridizes with other native species, including post oak, but that seldom changes the quality of the lumber yielded by a mature specimen.
      White oak timbers are particularly attractive — they’re gray to light brown. We specialize in rift and quartersawn white oak flooring, which is unsurpassed for many of its unique qualities.


      South Georgia is best known for its pecans, but much of metro Atlanta was once spotted with pecan orchards. They were planted during Georgia’s early 20th century “Pecan Boom." Today, those same trees and their seedling adorn residential lots across the metro area.
      The tree itself is a marvel: Carya illinoinensis is a particularly hard type of hickory that grows tall and straight when it’s not pruned to maximize nut production. That makes for long, strong wood — rated 1820 on the Janka scale, which is very hard. As those specimens get taller, however, they tend to shed branches and nuts — lots and lots of nuts. In other words, it's not the ideal tree to shade a house.
      But their lumber harvest has many uses. Pecan’s hardness and lovely, straight, brown-to-reddish grain makes it a favorite for table, counter tops, and slabs, as well as a good choice for interior posts and beams. Pecan flooring is great for areas that get a lot of use; it also has unique look with straight to wavy grains, and a brown to reddish hue.

      Red Oak

      The group of trees often referred to as red oaks include some of the most majestic hardwoods native to the Southeast. At the same time, red oaks lack the rot resistance and waterproofing of white oaks. So, in many cases, we steer clients toward white oak over red oak.

      But red oak can achieve a specific look for special projects, and in terms of hardness and workability, it’s no slouch either. If a blonde floor, rather than brown, look is required, red oak can often fit the bill — just don't put on a floor that might get wet, and certialnly don't use it on the exterior of a building. In addition to flooring, red oak is commonly used for furniture, cabinetry and interior trim.