Appearance: Heartwood is creamy white to light reddish brown; sapwood is pale to creamy white. 
Grain: Closed, subdued grain, with medium figuring and uniform texture. Occasionally shows quilted, fiddleback, curly or bird’s-eye figuring. Figured boards often culled during grading and sold at a premium. Has a medium to high iridescent luster.
Hardness: Janka: 1450; (12% harder than Northern red oak). 
Finish: Takes most finish well. Staining is not typical on site finished product.