Sabina or juniper wood has a characteristic and irregular vein reddish. It is highly regarded by professionals in the sector not only for its appearance, but also for its enormous durability and resistance.

Sabina or juniper wood

Sabina or juniper wood

It originates in the Mediterranean basin, especially in northern Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula, where the main extensions are found. It usually does not exceed 10 meters in height and, in many cases, it is considered a shrub. The trunk is usually highly branched and is generally not straight, which makes it difficult to extract wood.

It is a slow growing tree, so it is exploration must be controlled. Much of the juniper wood used today comes from old buildings. If properly cared for, this wood can last for centuries.

Its scientific name is Juniperus thurifera, also known as sabina albar.

Features of juniper wood

Color: From a pinkish white on the sapwood to a slightly dark yellowish brown at the heart. The growth rings are clearly visible and irregular.

Fiber: –

Grain: Fine and homogeneous texture.

Density: Semi-heavy

Toughness: Kinda difficult

Durability: Great resistance to rotting. In fact, in places where its use has been frequent, it is considered rotten. This is not entirely true. If the bark is not removed after the tree is felled, it will rot and the whole will be affected.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: –

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: – kg / cm2
  • Resistance to static bending: – kg / cm2
  • Modulus of elasticity: – kg / cm2


  • Sawn. –
  • Drying. –
  • Brushed. –
  • Glued. –
  • Nailed and screwed. –
  • Finish. –

Aromatic. It is due to its resin. This repels insects, which favors their durability.

Sabina or juniper wood uses

  • Construction beams.
  • Floors
  • Furniture.
  • Marquetry.
  • Turning and notching.
  • Interior carpentry.
  • Small handicrafts.
  • Juniper wood is also used as an air freshener. The Romans already used it to obtain incense.
  • Pencil manufacturing.
  • Fences and cuttings for plantations such as vines.