There are hundreds of Eucalyptus species, which are now native to Australia. Eucalyptus is a hardwood and is grown worldwide in plantations for lumber, pulp products and firewood. Many species have been researched intensively and have substantially improved genetic stock. It’s the most planted tree worldwide with about 50 million acres planted across the globe with about 20 million of that planted in Brazil. As is the standard for plantations in the US south and elsewhere, in southern Brazil Eucalyptus plantations are planted on deforested bare soils, adding to total forest cover.
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Applications in the matting industry are numerous. We’ll cover many of them in future courses. Some general points are:
• Consistent and high-quality wood.
• Almost no knots or defects though timbers may show some cosmetic shakes.
• Stronger than USA mixed hardwoods.
• Plantation harvesting not generally affected by weather.
• Large supply of one species.
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