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Tasmanian Oak

The Timber

Tasmanian Oak is not an actual species, rather it is the trade name for the mixture of 2 or more species from a group of 8, all with similar appearance and feature.

Warm, dense and resilient, Tasmanian Oak is the preferred Australian hardwood for a wide range of applications. It is light in colour, ranging from straw to reddish-brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink.

Tasmanian Oak is recognised for its excellent staining qualities, which allow ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishing.

The Resource

The species grow in native forests throughout Tasmania. E.delegatensis is the dominant forest species in cooler, higher altitudes. E.obliqua is mainly found in lower altitudes, but ranges from the coast to 600m (above sea level) in hilly or mountainous country. E.regnans is widespread but prefers well-drained soils in areas of high rainfall and low fire frequency. All 3 species thrive when not overshadowed.

The species are generally not successful as plantation stock as seedlings do not respond well after transplanting.

The species occur in Dry Eucalypt and Wet Eucalypt native forest types. 35% of these forest types is in reserve.

This product
is best used for:
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Joinery
  • Mouldings 
  • Panelling
  • Staircase & Handrail 
  • Windows, Doors & Stairs
  • Musical instruments

The Tree

As the tallest flowering plant in the world, E.regnans grow up to 100m in height. E.delegatensis and E.obliqua do not reach these heights, reaching on average 70m, with the tallest achieving up to 90m.

The bark of each of these species is characteristically 'stringy'. E.obliqua's bark is rough and persistent to the small branches. E.regnans' bark sheds in long ribbons and is often seen hanging from the branches. E.delegatensis has reddish-brown to grey bark with longitudinal furrows on the lower trunk.

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