Annual sawn timber production : 2.140.000 m3
Maritime pines, standing on over 10% of the total
French forest, cover about 1.360.000 ha.
These are tall trees, with brownish-red cracked bark.
Maritime pine shows a distinct yellowish white
sapwood and a reddish heartwood.
It is mainly straight-grained with medium texture.
Conditions of implementation
Sapwood is not naturally durable, though easily
impregnable by treatment (either by impregnation or
by vacuum pressure).
Heartwood is naturally durable .
After vacuum pressure treatment, it can be graded in
both classes 4 and 5.
Figures given at 12% moisture content
(straight-grain timber and free from defects)