Color: Heartwood is light to dark reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Some flooring manufacturers steam lumber to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood resulting in a more uniform color. Color darkens significantly with age.
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. Distinctive flake pattern on true quartersawn surfaces. Texture is satiny with some gum pockets.
Hardness/Janka: 950 (26% softer than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.1; 17% more stable than Northern red oak).
Origin: North America