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Why Eucalyptus is Sustainable, Versatile, and Beautiful
Here at amaZulu, we love eucalyptus! Not only is it a beautiful and sustainable alternative to a typical hardwood, but it is also a versatile plant used in many industries worldwide. We enjoy using eucalyptus wood to help you turn your home into a unique and head-turning masterpiece.
But how else can it be used?
Eucalyptus gets its name from the Greek word “eukalyptos” meaning “well-enclosed.” This refers to the plant’s flower bud that is enclosed inside of a capsule that opens when they bloom.
Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has over 700 species, some of which can live up to 1,000 years! It’s a fast-growing source of wood, achieving from 6-12 feet of new growth each year.
You may be familiar with eucalyptus oil that has been used to treat infections or as a natural insecticide throughout history. The oil is also used in perfumes and deodorizers, as well as some foods (in small amounts).
It’s also a popular food choice for Koalas!
Eucalyptus plants are notoriously thirsty. Many people plant them in or near swamps to drain water and detract mosquitoes that could be carrying the malaria virus. This absorbing ability is good news for your floors and cabinets! Eucalyptus wood is very absorbent. It can soak up water-based and oil-based stains quickly and evenly!
Fun Facts and Uses
Native Australian aborigines use eucalyptus oil to treat infections. They even believe that it can prevent cancer! In ancient China, the oil was used as a remedy for tuberculosis and asthma.
Today, ship masts, railways sleepers, and ship keels are built with eucalyptus wood. This is because of durability and strength.
Guess what! Did you know that native Australians have been using hollowed-out eucalyptus wood to create the didgeridoo for over 1,500 years? The wood hollowed out by termites and then fashioned into a beautiful instrument.
A notable species of Eucalyptus is referred to as “rainbow eucalyptus.” You can see why just by looking at it! The plant sheds its bark many times per year, showing off the layers of bark underneath the surface. It starts out green, then fades to various shades of red, blue and even purple as time goes on. Unique and beautiful!
Uses in Architecture and Design
We’re all familiar with the healing and pleasant smelling characteristics of eucalyptus oil. But the wood from the plant can also be used for beautiful flooring, cabinetry, and in many other types of design projects.
Eucalyptus is an extremely sustainable material. Some plantations can produce up to 30 times more volume per year than your average carpentry wood bearing trees. The wood is also versatile. You can sand it to a smooth, polished surface, and it reacts well to various stains.
Eucalyptus plants grow straight by nature, so it’s the perfect wood for flooring, wall paneling, and trellises. Its color resembles mahogany, but causes much less splintering and chipping.
At amaZulu Inc, we worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce the first non-arsenic, non-erosive pressure treatment for eucalyptus wood. It extends the life and durability of our products resulting in a building material that stands up to the elements. Our eucalyptus poles are not only strong and durable but long lasting and tolerant of Florida’s changing climate.
More benefits of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is classified a hardwood providing structural supports for buildings.
It is available in a variety of sizes from 1”- 8” in circumference and 8’ to 18’ in length.
Eucalyptus can be pre-fire retarded and impregnated at the time of pressure treatment to make a safer product. The treatment will not wash off.
It is sustainable, versatile, beautiful, and perfect for your next project.
Are you ready for Eucalyptus?
If you’re interested in using eucalyptus wood, we would love to help you!
You can also visit Pinterest and check out some of our work with eucalyptus poles. Get your imagination stirring!
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