Beech - Southland Silver
Botanical Name: Nothofagus menziesii
Source Location: West Coast of the South Island.
Durability in Ground: Moderately Durable
Durability Above Ground: Durable
Density: Approx 600 kg/m3 (approx at 12% MC)
Dimensions: Generally available in sizes up to 200x50 and 100x100.
Appearance: Heartwood is pinkish brown and sapwood light greyish pink.
Grades: Grades available are pinhole and knotty grades right through to clear grade which is defect free.
Uses: Furniture, panelling, rod and dowel manufacture, turnery, brushware, flooring and interior finishing. It is widely used for motor body building; its excellent steam-bending properties are an asset here.