Comparison of solid wood quality and mechanical properties of three species and nine provenances of 18-year old eucalypts grown in clearwood plantations across southwest Western Australia
This project examined the log quality, solid wood quality, butt-log wood properties and mechanical properties of culled trees of E. globulus, E. viminalis and E. saligna. The plantations were 18-years-old and trees had reached sufficient size to produce logs for processing in conventional hardwood sawmills using a back-sawing strategy.
This project provided a rare opportunity to evaluate and compare solid wood quality and mechanical properties of eucalypts grown in clearwood plantations across the medium-high rainfall zone of southwest Western Australia. The results may also be used to indicate the potential for these species to be grown in similar climates in the eastern states of Australia.