What is Dade County Pine?
If you have every worked in the Florida housing market, then you are well acquainted with the high demand historic wood called Dade County Pine. However, to the rest of the world, you may be wondering why it is such a valuable wood type for Floridians.
A native Florida tree, the name is misleading, implying that it is specifically from Dade County in Florida. However, Dade County Pine is native to South Florida and the Keys but was harvested as far north as the shores of Georgia and Alabama. Dade County Pine is a subspecies of Longleaf Southern Yellow Pine and comes from the “heart” of the tree. It is a high demand construction material because it is strong, dense, and highly resistant to decay and insect damage. It was a common building material for Florida homes in the 1800s. Most of the historic buildings in the Miami area and the Keys are built and furnished with Dade County Pine. It is not uncommon to find historic buildings filled with antique Dade County Pine flooring, beams, mill work etc. Since the old growth trees have all been harvested, it is an incredibly high demand material. It comes from the “heart” of the tree and was a favored construction material wood. This was due to it being a strong, dense wood that is highly resistant to decay and insect damage.
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Supplying Dade County Pine Quality
Albany Woodworks has established itself as a heavy hitter in the historic ring. Founded on history, quality and craftsmanship in 1976, it has provided Dade County Pine quality products to multiple historic restorations in Florida, including the Key West Lighthouse, the Southside Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, and the Hemingway House in Key West. Albany Woodworks ensures that the antique pine flooring matches the existing quality of existing historic homes or buildings.