Name: Tsuga heterophylla
Pine, Hem-Fir, Hemlock
Canada Pine is also sold in Australia under the trading name Hem-Fir which
is a mixture of similar looking timbers where Hemlock is predominate.
A large softwood of the North American north west all through Canada down
into the USA, being a very important commercial specie in Canada.
Hemlock/Hem-Fir is readily available in Australia, however mostly in pre
cut scantling or framing sizes for general construction purposes.
- S6 green
- SD6 dry
The timber is staw coloured rangeing through to a very pale brown with heartwood
and sapwood not easily distinguished. It has a very fine evan texture and
normally straight grained, with growth rings fairly prominent, caused by
the darker bands of latewood. and is usually non-resinous.
Hemlock works extemely well taking glue and nails, however being low in
durability is not recomended for external use. Although used in Canada for
joinery and panelling it is rarely seen in Australia for these applications
, as mostly construction sizes and grades are imported.