History of Pine Wood Flooring
Pine trees are part of the Pinus genus of the family Pinaceae. There are about 126 varieties of the species. In the U.S., pine trees grow in the East, Northeast and some in the Southern states. The type that is most used in flooring is white pine. Pumpkin pine and longleaf pine are popular as well.
Pine wood flooring dates back to the early Colonial American days when it was used in wide-cut boards in the majority of the homes. Because of its beauty, durability, and availability, it was the most widely used wood.
Of all the varieties of pine, Heart Pine was most loved. The wood from the massive trees that grew in the South was used in plantation homes, private homes, and in public buildings as well. It was not only used for flooring but in furniture making too. Sadly, it was used up. It is practically impossible to find Heart Pine now but fortunately, the other varieties live on.