Shades

Alder

Almost white, when freshly cut. Oxidizes to golden and red tones
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Ash

Sapwood nearly white, heartwood varies from greyish to light brown
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Aspen

Sapwood is white, blending into light brown heartwood
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Avodire

Sapwood and heartwood are very similar in color, which is creamy white to pale yellow, darkening with exposure to air and light to a deeper golden color.
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Baltic Birch

Wood is light creamy white to very light brown in color with no distinct difference between the heartwood and sapwood.
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Basswood

Sapwood usually quite large and creamy white in color, merging into the heartwood which is pale to reddish brown
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Beech

Sapwood is white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is light to dark red/brown
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Birch

Sapwood appears light, with a cream-like or white color. Heartwood may be light reddish-brown or dark-brown tinged with red.
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Butternut

Sapwood, which is usually very narrow, is white to grayish brown. Heartwood is a chestnut brown color that can often contain pink and red tones variegated with different shades of brown.
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Cottonwood

Sapwood is white and may contain brown streaks while the heartwood may be pale to light brown.
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Cypress

Sapwood is pale yellow white with heartwood varying in color from light to dark or reddish brown
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English Sycamore

Sapwood is light-colored creamy white to light yellowish in color. The heartwood ranges in color from light to dark brown.
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European Beech

Heartwood is pale in color, ranging in shades pale cream with a pinkish-brown or an orange-tan hue. The wood is typically sold steamed which gives the wood a more even and uniform color which can become more reddish-pink in tone.
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Hard Maple

Creamy white sapwood, often tinged with pink or pale reddish brown tones. Heartwood is more red in color, varying from light to dark reddish-brown.
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Iroko

Sapwood is typically a pale brown. Heartwood can vary from a light golden-brown to a dark brown and tends to darken over time. There can be dark spots or streaks (which are calcium carbonate deposits).
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Lacewood

The narrow sapwood ranges in color from almost white to pale yellow. Heartwood is pale pink to light reddish-brown with a silver grain that gives the wood a silvery sheen. With age, the heartwood matures to a brownish color.
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Obeche

Creamy-white to pale straw color with no demarcation between the sapwood and heartwood.
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Pacific Coast Maple

Pale pinkish-brown to almost white with almost no profound difference between heartwood and sapwood.
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Poplar

Sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked. The heartwood is usually tan but can vary from pale yellowish brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown.
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Soft Maple

Sapwood varies in color from creamy white to greyish-white and is sometimes marked with darker colored pith flecks. Heartwood varies from light to dark reddish-brown.
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Tiama

Sapwood is creamy white or pale pink and up to four inches wide and is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. The heartwood is a pinkish-brown or a dull, uniform red. When exposed to air and sunlight, the heartwood turns a deep red-brown.
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White Limba

Wood ranges in color from a pale cream to a yellowish-brown or straw color with the sapwood and heartwood very similar.
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White Pine

Sapwood usually appears pale and creamy, sometimes with yellow tones. Heartwood varies from a straw-like color to a deep yewllowish-tan color. Resin ducts often appear as fine brown lines.
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Willow

The sapwood of willow varies according to growing conditions and is light creamy brown in color. In contrast, the heartwood is pale reddish brown to greyish brown.
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