A less-known species of hardwood, the whitebeam shows a very light-colored, almost white sapwood and a reddish-brown heartwood. With age, the sapwood acquires a yellowish patina white the reddish hue in the heartwood usually fades away shifting the brown along chocolatey tones. At this point, the wood looks a lot like hickory save for the tighter, slenderer grain.
The wood is very hard (1,800 on the Janka scale) and durable but only moderately heavy. It has very good dimensional stability and exceptional stiffness which makes it very suitable for floating bar tops and for wood countertop sections with large unsupported overhang sections.