Tree and Wood properties of silver firs, grand fir, Serbian spruce and Japanese red cedar

SummaryTimber properties

This project aims to provide information to growers and processors about the wood properties, timber potential and likely merchantable volume of these species which are increasingly being considered for use in future forests.

Research objectives

  • To identify suitable commercial stands of these species and obtain more extensive test sample material than has previously been available to researchers.
  • To undertake wood strength, stiffness and density measurements both on small clearwood test pieces and also structural-sized timber.
  • To provide more extensive data on the wood properties and mechanical performance of these species when grown under British conditions.

Results so far

Samples are being tested and the data are currently being analysed. Results are expected to be published during 2016-17.


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Funders and partners

The project is funded by FC Scotland, FC England and Natural Resources Wales via the Forest Products Research Programme, (Wood and Timber Properties).

It is being undertaken in partnership with the Edinburgh Napier University Centre for Timber Engineering, with the generous assistance of James Jones & Sons Ltd.

Forestry Commission policy

This work will support:

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