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  1. wood formed in a tree relatively early in the season
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The tracheids of earlywood formed at the beginning of a growing season have large radial sizes and smaller, thinner cell walls.
No satisfactory explanation can as yet be given for the exact mechanisms determining the formation of earlywood and latewood.
It is usually lighter in color than that near the outer portion of the ring, and is known as earlywood or springwood.
In choosing a piece of pine where strength or stiffness is the important consideration, the principal thing to observe is the comparative amounts of earlywood and latewood.
In temperate softwoods, there often is a marked difference between latewood and earlywood.
A clear boundary can exist between earlywood and latewood, representing a false tree ring.

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