The Red Cypress (coast type) is the Cypress grown in the deep swamps of the coastal plains of the Southeastern United States and along the Gulf of Mexico adjacent to tidewater and is the true species, Taxodium Distichum.
Southern Cypress is classified into three separate types:
- - Red Cypress (Coastal type)
- - Yellow Cypress (Inland type)
- - White Cypress (Inland type)
The inland type of cypress has gradually changed in characteristics and is probably more truly Taxodium Adscendens. This inland cypress is lighter in color, contains more sapwood, has courser texture and is not as durable as the Red Cypress.
The heartwood of Tidewater Red Cypress is resistant to termite attack.
Tidewater Red Cypress is an oil based wood, impregnated with cypressene, a natural preservative manufactured during the growth of cypress, preventing the development of decay causing fungi. Nature has done for Tidewater Red Cypress what man tries to do when he attempts to force preservatives into wood to prevent decay.
Tidewater Red Cypress is chemically inert, imparting neither color, taste, nor odor to products coming in contact with it. Food manufacturers, breweries, wineries and others wishing to avoid contamination use the cypress for tanks, vats and tubs to preserve the delicate flavor and value of their products.
Tidewater Red Cypress is famous for its fine texture and beautiful grain. Its natural light color presents a pleasing appearance for natural finishes. The wood has minimal checking, twisting and warping. It has been the choice of many architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and builders for its distinctive look and durability since the early development of our country.
Source: Southern Cypress Manufacturing Association and the “Wood & Wood Products”