Cypress color tends to be a light, yellowish brown, and the sapwood is nearly white. Some pieces can have scattered dark pockets/voids where the wood has been attacked by fungi—called pecky cypress. Also, pieces of old growth cypress salvaged from riverbeds, called sinker cypress, tend to have slightly warmer, darker heartwood colors.
Cypress has a straight grain and medium to coarse texture. Raw and unfinished wood surfaces will have a greasy feel.