Manzanita

Common Name(s): Manzanita

Scientific Name: Arctostaphylos spp. (Arctostaphylos pungens)

Distribution: Shrubland regions of western North America

Tree Size: 3-16 ft (1-5 m) tall, 6-10 in (15-25 cm) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 57.6 lbs/ft3 (920 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .74, .92

Janka Hardness: 2,350 lbf (10,440 N)*

*Estimated hardness based on specific gravity

Modulus of Rupture: No data available

Elastic Modulus: No data available

Crushing Strength: No data available

Shrinkage: No data available

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is brownish red, sometimes with a bright orange hue. Sapwood is a pale off-white to light brown; clearly distinguished from heartwood, but not sharply demarcated. Burls and wild or swirled grain is common.

Grain/Texture: Manzanita has a fine, uniform texture with a good natural luster.

Endgrain: No data available.

Rot Resistance: No official data available, though anecdotal reports suggest that the wood is very durable and resistant to decay.

Workability: Manzanita can be difficult to machine because the tree (usually a shrub) tends to have so many defects and irregular grain. Small pieces with straight, clear grain are relatively easy to work when compared to woods of similar density. Manzanita tends to check and split if not dried with care. Turns and finishes superbly.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Manzanita. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

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