Due to the increasing interest in applying a wider range of wood species for structural purposes, nine European softwood and hardwood species (ash, beech, birch, hornbeam, larch, oak, poplar, black locust and spruce) were assessed for their ability to be bonded with three different commercial adhesive systems (melamineureaformaldehyde, one-component polyurethane and phenolresorcinolformaldehyde). Tensile shear strength and delamination tests were conducted according to European standards, for all tests including the corresponding wood species as adhesive joints and as a solid wood reference. When tested in dry condition, the threshold of solid wood tensile shear strength was reached by all speciesadhesive combinations. By contrast, testing in wet condition revealed distinct performance reductions for certain combinations. This trend was confirmed by delamination testing. Overall, the results indicate that extrapolation of test results achieved with a specific wood species (as recommended in the current standard for lap-joint tests) towards other species is highly problematic and has to be done with caution.