Whitewood is a popular choice for timber cladding as it is easy to work and finish making it ideal to use for exterior cladding of buildings.
Whitewood, or using its botanical name Picea abies originates from both Scandinavia and Russia, predominately produced from Spruce forests.
It produces lengths of timber which are smooth and straight grained, but noted for their knots and resin. When freshly machined, it produces timber which is creamy yellow to white in colour and if left untreated when used as external cladding, whitewood weathers very rapidly to a grey colour.
It is usual to finish the cladding with a wood preservative to increase is service life as the specie is only slightly durable naturally.