This section is from the book "Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry, And Building", by James C. et al. Also available from Amazon: Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry And Building.
This is a southern wood, growing in the Gulf States and seldom seen in the North. The tree is of medium size, bears fruit somewhat resembling an orange, and is protected by large thorns. The wood ranges in color from bright yellow or orange to brown and is hard and strong, though at the same time very flexible. It is very durable in damp places, and in positions where it comes in contact with the earth. The wood shrinks somewhat, and checks, but will take a good polish, and it is, therefore, used to some extent for interior finish, but its principal use is for poles and posts, piles, ties, etc.