Maps developed using Akima’s interpolation method were used to compare patterns of within-tree variation for Pinus taeda L. (loblolly pine) wood properties in plantation-grown trees aged 13 and 22 years. Air-dry density, microfibril angle (MFA) and modulus of elasticity (MOE) maps represented the average of 18 sampled trees in each age class. Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy models calibrated using SilviScan provided data for the analysis. Zones of high density, low MFA and high MOE wood increased markedly in size in maps of the older trees. The proportion of wood meeting the visually graded No. 1 (11 GPa) and No. 2 (9.7 GPa) MOE design values for southern pine lumber increased from 44 to 74% and from 58 to 83% respectively demonstrating the impact of age on end-product quality. Air-dry density increased from pith to bark at all heights but lacked a significant trend vertically, while radial and longitudinal trends were observed for MFA and MOE. Changes were consistent with the asymptotic progression of properties associated with full maturity in older trees.