Redbud

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  • General Information: Redbud trees are typically small ornamental trees found in urban landscapes. They are especially easy to find in early spring, when the trees produce thick growths of bright purple flowers. When this wood is available, the trees are typically less than 8″ in diameter. Larger specimens may be found, but rarely produce as much usable wood as the smaller specimens do, due to the likelihood of defects occurring in these larger, older trees.

  • Common Names: Redbud, Eastern redbud, American redbud, Judas tree

  • Color: Sapwood is typically a white or slightly off-white color. Heartwood is a mixture of white, black, dark green and dark brown. Excellent colors which are comparable to some various types of exotic rosewoods.

  • Density: 40lbs/ft3 - Moderately dense (Similar to black walnut)

  • Hardness: 1150 lbft – Moderately hard

  • Specific Gravity: ~0.64

  • Drying: Dries somewhat slowly due to its high density, but does contain a relatively low moisture content. Drying does not require any additional time compared to most native hardwoods. Checking occurs occasionally if the end grain is left exposed to free-flowing air for extended periods of time during drying. Warping is only slight to moderate.

  • Turning: Turns very easily, with very little tearout occurring along end grain sections.

  • Sanding: Sands very well. For removing tool marks, 120 grit sandpaper is recommended. Will sand to a high luster, usually requiring grits no higher than 600 to achieve satisfactory results.

  • Finishing: Readily accepts most stains and finishes without need for any special pre-treatment of the wood surface.