Hardwood trees play an important role in the commercial forestry industry because they have a diverse set of wood traits that are valuable for the pulp and paper and wood products markets, and increasingly for the biopower and biofuels markets. The wood and fiber from hardwood species has unique properties that provide specific benefits not available from Pine or other softwoods. We sell a wide array of hardwood species, including Eucalyptus, Populus and numerous specialty hardwoods, including Oak, Elm, Birch and Black Walnut. These hardwoods meet a critical demand for a specific type of cellulose valuable for papermakers, as well as high demand for the aesthetics of beautifully grained, rich wood for furniture, lumber and veneers. Hardwood species are also in high demand for critical conservation programs to restore altered forest habitats.
While not currently widely grown in the Southeastern United States, Eucalyptus has the potential to be a ready source of biomass for the biopower and biofuels markets as well as a source of high quality wood for the pulp and paper market. Eucalyptus is the world’s most widely-grown purpose grown hardwood species. Eucalyptus trees are grown for commercial purposes throughout the world, with a particular concentration in tropical and temperate climates such as Australia, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Spain and Portugal. Historically, the use of fast growing tropical Eucalyptus for commercial purposes in the United States has been limited to south Florida and south Texas because of its general inability to withstand sudden drops in temperature. We have, however, identified and recently introduced subtropical Eucalyptus seedling products that can be grown as far north as South Carolina. We have also developed a biotechnology freeze tolerant tropical Eucalyptus product, currently under USDA review, that combines the fast-growing characteristics of the tropical Eucalyptus grown extensively in Brazil with the ability to grow in geographic areas farther north than conventional tropical Eucalyptus can grow.
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