Eucalypts

eucalypts New Zealand has approximately 25,000 ha of eucalypts (Eucalyptus species) growing as production forests, this being only 1.4% of the entire production forest estate.

One of the strengths of eucalypts is their diversity, with approximately 250 known species planted in New Zealand.

Scion recognises that matching the correct species to site is critical for good health, growth and form.

Our research has focused on identifying good establishment practices, continual genetic improvement and careful management of eucalypt stands; all of which are critical for good growth and the production of high yields.

Utilisation

Eucalypts, with their strength and attractive appearance, as well as (for some species) natural durability, provide timber for a wide range of market opportunities, from high-quality furniture and outdoor uses, to fibre for high-quality papers.

Current research

Scion provides knowledge, advice and decision support tools that aid eucalypt growers to ensure higher returns through maximum production, improved wood quality and appropriate sawmilling methods.

Information for growers

Scion has produced a eucalypts handbook on behalf of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA). The handbook is part of an electronic handbook series “Best Practice with Farm Forestry Timber Species”.

For a PDF copy of the handbook visit the NZFFA website.