Cypress is a pale yellow to yellowish red, often salmon-colored. It is very durable and naturally resistant to decay. It is soft and easy to work with. Cypress is an exceptionally stable wood, which makes it highly resistant to splitting and warping. Dimensional stability also enables the wood to readily accept paints and stains, although many people select cypress siding for the natural appeal of its honey-like hues, which can be maintained with a clear sealer or permitted to weather to a dark grey.