Southern Pine

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Find out more about Southern Pine

The botanical name for Southern Pine is Pinus caribaea/Pinus elliotti. Southern Pine refers to the Caribbean and Slash Pines. Southern Pine is a softwood species that is not Native to Australia and is sourced from plantations. 

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What does Southern Pine look like?

Southern Pine produces a pale timber, yellow to golden brown in colour. Knots are commonly present, however the grain is otherwise straight, with a coarse and uneven texture.


What is Southern Pine used for?

Common applications for Southern Pine include:

  • Framing - seasoned Southern Pine for above ground framing (exposed and protected); preservative treated Southern Pine for in-ground framing
  • Internal flooring
  • Internal panelling
  • Beams
  • Cladding
  • Decking
  • Rails and balustrades
  • External joinery
  • Mouldings
  • Structural poles
  • Plywood
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Where can I purchase Southern Pine?

Southern Pine is readily available at all Queensland Timber Merchant Network members. Search for your local supplier via the Accredited Queensland Timber Merchant postcode search tool.


Where can I find more information about the use and application of Southern Pine?

For more detailed information than the Southern Pine property table below, visit WoodSolutions or download 'Construction timbers in Queensland' which describes the properties of timbers used in the construction of Class 1 to Class 10 buildings (e.g. houses, carports, garages, greenhouses and sheds) in Queensland, as well as other purposes such as furniture, landscaping and outdoor structures (e.g. playgrounds, fences).

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What are the properties of Southern Pine?

Termite resistance

Termite resistant when treated to H2 or higher


This is the measure of the percentage reduction from the unseasoned to 12% moisture content condition.

4.0 - 5.0%


Mass divided by volume, expressed in kg/m3 when describing timber

Medium density


Moderate Toughness

Bushfire resistance

Not bushfire resistant


The strength of Australian timber is described in terms of "stress grades". Stress Grading is a way of classifying timber, either visually or by mechanical means to indicate the basic properties to be used for structural design purposes. The stress grade is designated in a form such as "MGP10", which indicates relative siffness of the timber.

MGP 10 - MGP 15

About Us

The Accredited Queensland Timber Merchant Network (AQTMN) is a group of Queensland owned and operated businesses with the aim of growing Queensland's forest and timber industry.

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