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Kahikatea Flat Road, Silverdale
Nth Auckland, New Zealand


Cypress Sawmill is open under Alert Level 3. Please pre-order your goods so they are ready and waiting when you come to pick them up. On arrival at the mill please wait in your vehicle until attended by one of our staff.
Delivery options are also available.

Macrocarpa Specifications

Please refer to our macrocarpa products page for a list of the macrocarpa we specialise in.

Cupressus Macrocarpa
Family : Cupressaceae
Country of Origin : United States of America
Wood Type : Softwood

  • Macrocarpa Branches

    Macrocarpa Branches

  • Macrocarpa Trunk

    Macrocarpa Trunk

  • Macrocarpa Tree

    Macrocarpa Canopy

Macrocarpa's natural habitat is limited to the peninsular of Point Lobos, near Monterey, in Southern California, also the home of Radiata Pine. It was introduced to New Zealand in the 1860s and was planted mainly as shelter belts but occasionally as plantations.

The timber is a low to medium density softwood (485 kg/m3 at 12% moisture content) and has a large amount of heartwood which is a golden-brown honey colour. Macrocarpa is a moderately stiff, strong timber similar to New Zealand-grown Douglas Fir; it is a difficult timber to kiln dry with cell collapse and internal checking the main problems.

Macrocarpa clears are very similar to Kauri in character, and machines and turns well owing to its fine texture.


Macrocarpa is one of the most naturally durable exotic softwoods grown in New Zealand, and is resistant to insect and borer attack in its sawn form.

Its heartwood is rated moderately durable, which means a 50x50 stake will last 10-15 years in the ground. Larger sections will last considerably longer. Outside and above the ground macrocarpa is equivalent to H3 pine in durability. Inside where the timber is not subject to the elements, it will last virtually indefinitely.

Macrocarpa, when dry, will accept a variety of paints, oils, two pot resins, and varnishes.

Technical Details of Macrocarpa

Density 485 kg\m3 at 12% moisture content (medium density softwood)
from green to 12% moisture content
Tangential Direction 3.3%
Radial Direction 1.6%
at 12% moisture content
Modulus of Rupture 74 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity 7.9 GPa

End Uses for Macrocarpa

Macrocarpa is a suitable timber for:

  • Pergolas
  • Landscaping
  • Exposed rafters and beams
  • T & G panelling and sarking
  • Flooring overlays
  • Feature gates and fencing
  • Slabs for kitchens & bar tops
  • Shop fittings signs tables
  • Boat building
  • Cabinet making
  • Wood turning and carving
  • Fence battens
  • Stairways and balustrades
  • Laminating
  • Picture framing
  • Tree stakes

Please refer to our macrocarpa products page for a list of the macrocarpa we specialise in.