Pecky cypress gets its name from the porous hollowing of Bald Cypress trees by a wood-decaying fungus - Stereum taxodi. The fungus attacks the core of the trees leaving "pecky" vertical cavities over time. Interestingly, you can't tell that a particular tree has the pecky cavities until it has been cut down. The cavities are not visible from the exterior of the tree.
Pecky cypress has become an endangered species unfortunately. The demand for it far outstrips the supply of it. What's left today mostly comes from harvesting fallen logs at the bottom of rivers and swamp areas as well as from reclaiming boards from a previous use.
Pecky cypress gives a room great texture. It's organic and rustic, yet it has an air of glamor to it when done in a modern context. The following pictures showcase just that.
This enclosed side porch is perfect in so many ways, one of which being the limed (or is it milk paint) pecky cypress ceiling. Design by Betty Burgess, architecture by Chip Murrah.
This Rosemary Beach home designed by Bobby McAlpine puts a creative spin on the coffered ceiling with the use of pecky cypress. It complements the white walls perfectly, providing just the right amount of texture and warmth to the room.
This study, from one of my favorite homes in Atlanta, highlights an alternative to dark stained walls via the airy look of limed pecky cypress. Designed by Melanie Turner and built by Benecki Fine Homes.
Wow! The color and sheer volume of the pecky cypress used for the walls and ceilings in a home designed by Tracery Interiors are simply amazing.