Southern Yellow Pine Flooring

Southern Yellow Pine is not a species, but rather a description. Within this region grow ‘hard” pines (yellow) and soft pines (white); color is an attempt to distinguish the Yellow or “hard pines” from the Eastern White Pine or Red Pine. Inside of the Southern Yellow Pine geographic range are four major species: Shortleaf, Longleaf, Loblolly, and Slash, with another 8-9 sub species bringing the total to a baker’s dozen. And no, not all pine is created equal, not even close.

Bayou Rustic offers Alabama and Louisiana pine. Alabama Longleaf Heart Pine timber is scarce, the trees do not grow on farms. Nor is it harvested using clear cut techniques. Alabama is one the last places hiding mature Longleaf Heart Pine. Alabama, specifically the northern half of the state, produces the best Longleaf pine in the United States. The climate, soil and local industry make Alabama the best region to produce Longleaf pine; Alabama is the region of Champagne. Which is precisely why our Character, Select and New Heart Pine floors come from the hard-to-find timber.

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Southern Yellow Pine Information

Fast growing Loblolly pine is the most important economic pine in the southern United States and is known as “King Pine”. The native range is primarily along the Gulf Coastal Plain and as far north as Illinois and New Jersey. Landowners grow loblolly pine in intensively managed plantations. Thinning, fertilization, and prescribed fires can improve growth and volume of a stand. The fast-growing Loblolly pine harvest time are relatively short rotations, compared to other species.

Slow growing, heart content producing, Longleaf pine was once the premier timber and naval stores species, longleaf pine grew in expansive pure stands across the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains. Recently however, the species that once flourished on 60 million acres now only remains on less than 4 million acres in the southern United States. Longleaf pine is diminishing in area due to over exploitation, lack of advanced regeneration planning, and the market desire for faster product rotation found with Loblolly Pine.