Douglas fir trees are native to North America and have now become one of the most widely used softwoods grown and used throughout the UK. Douglas fir is most valued for its strength to weight ratio and hence renowned for its optimal use in construction and for building purposes. It has become popular with timber framers as a cost effective alternative to Oak due to its similar mechanical properties.
In appearance Douglas fir is usually a light brown colour with a hint of red and/or yellow, with a generally straight grain. It has a distinct resinous odour when being worked and is notably durable in regard to decay.