Timber Landscaping

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One of the most important things for Landscaping is Durability. Check out our Learning Centre, and take a look at the Durability page. This explains how durability is measured. We have listed all our Durable and Very Durable timbers in the table below, grouped by colour.It is worth noting that sapwood is not durable at all when talking about the durability we are referring to the heartwood.  Occasionally some boards will have a small amount of sap on the edge and this will either need to be removed prior to use or it will eventually rot.


All timber, if left outside uncoated, will naturally turn a silvery-grey colour.  This is a natural process as the outer layers of the timber cellulose get exposed to the weather.  

The timber will also, split, check and warp, but depending on the species this may not be too noticeable.  One way to reduce weathering and distorting of timber is to coat it with a protective product, we go into each product in more details on our Coatings page

Timber for Landscaping

One of the main things to consider when trying to decide whether to coat your timber or leave it to weather naturally is, if you are willing to put the effort in to maintain the coating.  All exterior coatings will need maintenance on an annual basis (usually just a good clean), and they will require recoating every 6 months to 5 years, depending on the coating and its exposure to the elements.coa


Another buzz word that is becoming more and more common with Landscape Architects is sustainability.  Read both our Sustainability and Resource Certification pages in the Learning Centre if you are keen to learn more.

Timbers Suitable for Exterior Use

Colour Timber Durability
Yellow Yellow Cedar Very Durable
Yellow / Light reddish-brown Balau Durable
Golden yellow / Light brown Macrocarpa Moderately Durable above ground
Golden yellow / Light brown Oregon Moderately Durable
Golden yellow / Light brown Totra Very Durable
Light Pink Taun Moderately Durable
Pink Saligna Durable above ground
Pink / Light brown Cedrela Durable
Light brown Sapele Mahogany Durable
Light brown Vitext Durable
Light brown Western Red Cedar Durable
Straw brown Pilularis (Black Butt) Durable
Medium brown Teak Very Durable
Grey to Reddish/dark brown Spotted Gum Durable
Yellow, fading to Dark brown Iroko Durable
Red, fading to Dark Brown Bubinga Durable
Red/Redish-brown, fading to Dark Brown Jarrah Durable
Red/Redish-brown, fading to Dark Brown Padauk Durable
Red/Redish-brown, fading to Dark Brown Rosewood Very Durable
Red/Redish-brown / Dark Brown Kwila Durable

Yellow Cedar


A pale yellow-coloured wood, with a fine, even texture and is straight grained. Very stable. Acid resistant.

Grain is usually straight, though sometimes wavy, with a uniform medium to fine texture. Reported to be durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, and also resistant to most insect attacks. 

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.

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Botanical Name: Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
Other Names: Pacific Coast Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Yellow Cypress
Origin: Pacific Coast of North America


Certifications Available::
Seasoning: Dries fairly easily and without undue degrade.
Working Qualities: The timber is easily worked and finishes excellently. It glues well but does not take a stain well and should be paint finished instead.
Uses: High class joinery, boat building, cabinet work and veneers.
Price (1-10): 3


Stocked: Yes


Durability Above Ground: Durable


Density Air Dry: 500 kg/m3


Shrinkage Radial: 3.7 %
Shrinkage Tangental: 6 %

Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness: 2.6 kN
Modulus of Rupture: 78 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity: 11 GPa
Max Crush Strength: 45 MPa
Comp Strength Perp to Grain: 4.7 MPa
Comp Strength Parallel to Grain: 4.7 MPa
Shear Strength Parallel to Grain 9.2 MPa


ASTM Flame Spread: 78
ASTM Smoke Developed: 90

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