Undercover Christmas Trees

One of the first things to go after Christmas Day is the tree. But for some individuals, Christmas trees never truly leave their homes. Although the twinkling lights are gone, undercover Christmas trees still remain an integral part of their houses. These multipurpose Douglas Fir trees support the frames of many houses, and are also used as protective siding. Prized for its strength, grain integrity, and length (among many other positive characteristics), the Douglas Fir forms the backbone of many construction projects while also adding grandeur and rugged charm.


The varied structural applications fulfilled by Douglas Fir ensure a prized position in the construction industry. This lumber is mechanically stable due to its tall, straight growth, and the tree has a straight, dense grain with little susceptibility to warping and splitting. The integrity of Douglas Fir is second to none, especially when “Old Growth” lumber is available. The tight growth ring patterns and clear vertical grain contribute to excellent stability and durability.

Douglas Fir, which boasts warm yellow, orange, and pink tones (depending on its age), is also prized for its appearance. Many homeowners choose to leave their Douglas Fir timbers exposed for a rugged, classic look. Log cabins are especially reliant on Douglas Fir to lend an earthy feel to the home’s decor.

Additionally, Douglas Fir also accepts stains, paints, and finishes very well, further enhancing the wood’s versatility.


Builders and designers both seek out Douglas Fir for beauty, strength, and versatility. Custom homes, cabinets, doors, outdoor projects, millwork, and wood paneling are just a few of the many Douglas Fir applications. J. Gibson McIlvain, one of the nation’s oldest lumber suppliers, carries 13 Douglas Fir items for all manner of construction and custom applications.


There are two types of Douglas Fir commonly used for most applications, but one type, Coastal Douglas Fir, pulls forward as the front-runner. Coastal Douglas Fir has a tendency towards larger growth and a higher yield of structural timbers. Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir, while still commonly used, is a smaller tree, and although it has the same mechanical stability as Coastal Douglas Fir, the Rocky Mountain variety has a slower growth rate, making it a less sustainable choice.


Mills throughout British Columbia, Canada, and the western United States supply McIlvain Company with an ample stock of lumber all year round. McIlvain’s in-stock items are deliverable anywhere in the United States via their personal trucks. Leaders in the lumber industry for over 200 years, McIlvain Company stands ready to answer all of your lumber-related questions and to help you source the best type of wood for your next project. For more information on why McIlvain is one of the country’s favorite lumber wholesalers, visit them online today, or check out these selections from their lumber blog:

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