A domestic wood is any wood that is sourced from within the United States. Due to many factors, such as early industrialization and the moderate climate of the United States, many domestic woods are also fairly ordinary. White oak and red oak are two of the most common; they make great floors that are dynamic and attractive but the wood is not terribly unique. Typically, if you want something that has a unique grain pattern or a bold color, you’ll need to choose an exotic wood. Exotic woods are those that are imported. However, there are some woods from the United STates that look and feel like exotic woods. One of them is myrtlewood.
Myrtlewood is a hardwood that is sourced from the coast of California and Oregon. It’s not as abundant as other domestics because it has a much smaller growing habitat. However, it is still readily available from many flooring specialists. Myrtlewood is known for having a very understated grain that is fairly wavy. It tends to undulate down the length of each plank. The sapwood is typically creamy white to tan. The truly exciting boards come from the heartwood; they’re the ones that make it look more like an exotic wood. The heartwood from a myrtlewood tree ranges from grayish to olive. It looks rustic and weathered when it’s brand new. It’s not a color that you’ll find in many other woods, exotic or domestic.
Myrtlewood is incredibly dense. It requires several centuries for a tree to grow to full maturity; that’s why it’s difficult to grow commercially. Most myrtlewood is sourced from where it began growing decades or centuries ago. That drives the cost of the wood up; however, it also means that that wood has had time to develop character. Because the wood has grown naturally as opposed to being cultivated, it has been exposed to many different conditions over time. So, no two myrtlewood trees are the exact same. If you have a myrtlewood floor, it won’t look like the myrtlewood floor of your neighbor even if they’re from the same company.
Since myrtlewood is so dense, it’s not the best candidate for staining or painting, but you also wouldn’t want to change the way it looks. Its distinctive characteristics are a main part of the draw.
If you’re looking for a unique floor that looks unlike anything you’ve seen before, you should consider myrtlewood. There’s a reason it’s growing in popularity.