Soft, coarse-textured, easily worked. The strongest of all American woods in comparison to weight. Tree is evergreen, wood non-porous. Annual growth rings clearly marked, usually with strong contrast in density of spring and summer wood. Low luster. Heartwood varies with conditions of growth, from pinkish-yellow to reddish-brown, sapwood is lighter.
Principal uses of Douglas fir lumber are wood construction of all types, planing mill products including doors, sash, interior trim, flooring, and ceiling mouldings. Clear heart grades are used in the construction of tanks and similar items.