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The Timber

Myrtle is a striking timber with rich-red, brown, and almost orange tones throughout. The colour is vibrant, combining subtle variations in tone with the texture and sheen of wavy and fiddleback features to produce a finished surface alive with character and individuality.

Taking a deep lustre when polished, Myrtle is prized by architects and furniture manufacturers alike. It is used as a solid or veneer in high quality furniture, joinery, cabinet making and feature panelling or a striking finishing timber for cornices, architraves and skirting.

The Resource

Myrtle is a predominant species in Tasmania's cool temperate rainforests. In moist and sheltered conditions, it will flourish from sea level to 700m, though it can still achieve significant growth rates through to 1570m (above sea level).

Depending on available rainfall and humidity, Myrtle can be fairly fast growing. In optimum growing conditions, it is capable of regenerating continuously and forests can contain Myrtle trees ranging from 1 to 500 years old.

Myrtle is typically found in the north-west and west of Tasmania, with 82% of total forest types containing the species in reserve. With Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications, you can be assured all Myrtle supplied is sourced from sustainably managed forests.

This product
is best used for:
  • Furniture
  • Joinery
  • Flooring 
  • Handicraft & Turnery 
  • Staircase & Handrail 
  • Musical Instruments

The Tree

Myrtle is a tall evergreen tree, reaching heights of 30-40m, with a trunk diameter of 1.5 - 2.5m. The bark is brown, scaly and slightly fibrous and does not shed from the trunk. It's fine textured leaves and dark green crown give the Myrtle tree a 'ragged' appearance.

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