Dogwood Softwood


Dogwood, also known as Cornus florida, is a versatile and attractive hardwood. It is known for its wide and white to pinkie-brown sapwood, and the yellowish or dark brown heartwood that forms a small central core. The grain of Dogwood is tightly interlocked, with a fine and uniform texture. This makes it an ideal wood for a variety of applications, such as tools, tool handles, and joinery. Dogwood is also renowned for its sustainability and legality, and can be sourced from reliable suppliers, who can be found through our interactive system.

  • Spec:
  • FAQ's:
  • Uses:
  • Links:

Material Type:

Also Called:
Boxwood, Flowering Dogwood, Bunchberry, Florida Dogwood, Arrow Wood, Cornel

Durability Notes:
Dogwood wood has some durability but is considered non durable and not suited for exterior applications

The drying and seasoning of Dogwood is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Dogwood - dries rather slowly and care must be taken to minimize impact on the grade and quality of the wood, which takes the form of distortion or slight splitting. There is considerable movement in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Dogwood is a hard and heavy wood, with very high bending and compression strength. Despite its hardness, it saws, turns and planes well due to its close grain. Dogwood can be brought to a glossy finish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Flooring, Musical Instruments, Carvings, Turnings, Handles, Decorative Veneers

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Dogwood

Is Dogwood a hardwood or a softwood? Dogwood is a softwood. It is the same for; is Dogwood hardwood or softwood? - Dogwood is a softwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Dogwood family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Dogwood? Dogwood can be described as brown, light brown

Is Dogwood good for outdoor use? or is Dogwood good for exterior use? Dogwood is most suited for internal/interior use. Dogwood should not be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

Are you in the timber industry?

Would you like help growing your business and have access to free industry tools and eBooks? Then please visit:


Any One Wood - The Wood Databse