Because Eucalyptus wood is new to the U.S. commercial market, there are some unfortunate myths about it. Ones that may cause you to doubt its effectiveness and reliability for construction. Below, read amaZulu’s responses to the most common bits of misinformation out there.
False. Eucalyptus is native to Australia and the islands of Timor and Indonesia. There are over 700 species of Eucalyptus in the world, but none occurs naturally in the U.S..
Still, Eucalyptus is considered eco-friendly for the following reasons:
False. Eucalyptus has been cultivated for the past 50 years in Brazil and Florida without harming the environment. The Florida Department of Agriculture, which has stringent guidelines, has not designated Eucalyptus to be invasive.
There is no evidence that the varieties of Eucalyptus that we use have escaped from cultivation and caused problems in the U.S..
False. In fact, it is very hardy and has very high resistance to rotting. Larger poles can be used for construction support structures. And poles with a smaller diameter are perfect for fences, decorative trim, trellises, and much more.
False. In fact, eucalyptus wood has the comparable strength to oak and hickory. It can be used in some structural and building applications. Eucalyptus, a fast-growing hardwood, is sustainable because new growth only takes a few years to mature.
It is also desirable because unlike other timbers it has very little taper over long lengths. And generally speaking (each Eucalyptus species is different) it is harder that most North American hardwoods.
Because it is sustainable, eucalyptus is now being used as an alternative to mahogany and Brazilian cherry. These timbers are endangered, slow-growing, and comparatively expensive.
amaZulu, Inc. has hand selected manufacturers who produce eco-friendly, high quality natural architectural materials. Our selection presents a dynamic list of options when considering the environment.
At amaZulu, Inc., we extend our legacy beyond business to the community when we partner with domestic and international organizations that create economic opportunities to reduce poverty. We help improve the lives of the people who grow and produce our products.
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!
Feature Project: Eucalyptus Poles
A Growing Interest In Eucalyptus Wood
Eucalyptus: A Sustainable, Versatile, and Beautiful Plant
How Eucalyptus Sizes Up To Traditional Wood
Building with Eucalyptus Wood
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