Myrtle » Umbellularia californica
Myrtle Wood CharacteristicsModerately hard and heavy. Fine texture and takes a beautiful polish. An excellent turning wood. Sometimes found with cluster burls. And other desirable figure patterns.
Color RangePale brown to yellowish green, often variegated.
Other NamesCalifornia laurel, Oregon myrtle, Pepperwood, Spice tree, Myrtle, Bay laurel
Some Typical UsesTurning, furniture, novelties, musical instruments
What's the Tree Like?A broad leafed evergreen, Commonly the trunk is short and divided near the ground. However, under favorable conditions, the tree may reach 100 feet in diameter greater than 36''. The Myrtle tree grows in United States primarily coastal region of Oregon and California.
3.25lbs /Bd. Ft.
-9.22% lighter than red oak(3.58 /bd. ft.)
1270Janka Rating (?)
-1.55% softer than red oak(1290 lbf)
0.55Specific Gravity (?)
-14.06% less dense than red oak(.64)
Woodworking with Myrtle: