Distribution: Cottonwood is found in many areas in South Africa. The trees have been planted here since the mid 19th century with the original trees coming from France.
Timber Qualities: Freshly cut planks have a distinct furry character, however finishing to a smooth fine finish with both hand and power tools. There are seldom loose knots and the knots that are found are well engrained with the surrounding timber and serve to enhance the final look of the product.
Uses: Originally all the timber was used for the production of matches due to the timbers excellent peeling and slicing qualities. These days, however, its main uses include solid furniture, decorative turning and paneling, and cabinet making.