Another week and another instalment of Plyco’s Vibrant Veneers series sees us take an in-depth look at both our Eucalypt and Figured Eucalypt veneers. The Eucalypt and Figured variation are quite similar in many ways, albeit with some key differences, so we’ve decided to bring them together for a special “two for one” blog post!
Eucalyptus trees are an ingrained part of Australian society and culture. They’re as Australian as meat pies or a kangaroo. The unique relationship the Eucalypt species of trees shares with this country is one big reason why we here at Plyco are such huge advocates for these two veneers.
A sample of Plyco's Eucalypt Laminato
The first thing you need to know about these two veneers is what different ranges they’re available in. Figured Eucalypt is available in both our Strataply and Laminato varieties, however, the Eucalypt veneer is available just in our Strataply as a stock veneer. Luckily, we’re crazy about veneers here at Plyco and offer the ability to apply any veneer, including Eucalypt, in our made to order service.
As we mentioned, both Eucalypt veneers are quite similar but have telling differences. What they both have in common are a golden-brown colouring and quite straight wood grain details. The two differentiate most significantly in the more textured look of the Figured variety, where the standard Eucalypt has a smoother look. The Figured Eucalypt is also slightly darker in colour, although it’s still overall one of the lighter veneers we stock.
A sample of Plyco's Figured Eucalypt Laminato
The definition of a Eucalyptus tree is actually quite broad and covers a wide variety of flowering trees and shrubs. There are over 700 different species, which the majority of them being native to Australia. Only 15 Eucalypt species are found outside of Australia, with a minuscule nine of those being exclusively non-Australian. With numbers like that it’s not hard to see why the Eucalyptus tree has become such an important cultural icon in this country. To further drive this home, Australia is covered in 92,000,000 hectares of Eucalypt forest – this makes up three-quarters of the native forest found down under!
While Australia is definitely the home of the Eucalypt, other countries around the world have begun embracing it. In particular, regions across the Americas Europe and Africa have been drawn to them as they have a lot of highly sought-after characteristics. Eucalyptus trees are fast-growing, something that is desirable for timber and paper production, while also producing oil that can be used for cleaning or as an insecticide and are able to lower water tables. This final ability is something used prevalently in African areas where malaria is a huge risk to the population. The Eucalyptus trees can drain swampy areas, negatively impact the mosquito population and in turn drastically lowering the potential for malaria to be transmitted.
Not only does Eucalypt look fantastic, but it’s also fighting against disease!
A Eucalyptus tree out in the wild
Unfortunately, not everyone loves these beautiful trees as much as we do. In some parts of the world they are looked down upon and criticised for being extremely water hungry. This can be a serious problem in areas that are more arid and dry than locations in Australia where they are found.
The overall outlook on Eucalyptus trees is mostly positive though, considering it’s actually the most widely planted type of tree in plantations worldwide.
Eucalypt trees are generally evergreen, and certainly, the majority of the species found in Australia will be full of leaves all year round. However, some tropical species of Eucalypt will lose their leaves at the very end of the dry season.
Despite such a strong connection with Australia, the oldest definitive Eucalypt fossil records are from South America, but it is believed that they must have been introduced to the region from Australia at some point in time. Lack of fossil records in Australia suggests that the dominance of Eucalypts in the natural landscape must have happened relatively recently in Earth’s history. Keep in mind that the oldest dated fossil is from 21-million years ago, so it’s still astronomically old.
Another feather in the Eucalypt's cap is that some species are actually amongst the tallest trees in the entire world. The Eucalyptus regnans was measured at a mindbogglingly 99.6m tall, while six other varieties have exceeded 80m in height.
The Eucalypt species is so versatile and steeped in history and that’s exactly why we love it so much here at Plyco, which might have been a little obvious considering we stock two different Eucalypt veneers! If you’re feeling like putting a patriotic touch on your project or just love the beautiful look of our Eucalypt, why not check out our Strataply or Laminato ranges? Our entire range of stunning stock veneers is available to view from our online store. Alternatively, you can give our Fairfield showroom a visit and see them in person, or get in touch with us and we can send you samples of all our Strataply and Laminato products.