Latin name: Tilia americana
Also known as: American Lime (North America)
Density (mean, Kg/m³):
Limited availability at specialist timber merchant
Reddish brown, White/cream, Light brown
Not listed in CITES. Believed available from well-managed sources. Check certification status with suppliers.
In Canada it is found from Atlantic coast westward to southern Manitoba, and extending southwards into eastern deciduous forests of the USA.
Although sometimes reaching a height of 30m with a diameter of 1.2m it is more usually about 18m to 21m tall and about 0.75m in diameter.
The wood is light-coloured, varying from creamy-white to pale brown, with a straight grain and fine. even texture, due to the uniform growth and lack of contrast between early-wood and late-wood zones. It is soft, light in weight, about 416kg/m³ when dried, and is weak and lacks toughness.
Dries without undue checking and distortion.
Similar in most strength categories to poplar, but a little more resistant to shock loads.
Good - Works extremely easily, and finishes smoothly. It takes nails and screws well, glues satisfactorily, and can be stained and polished without difficulty.