We’re back down under this week and back in Tasmania as we put our Tasmanian Oak veneer under the microscope for this week’s edition of Plyco’s Vibrant Veneers series! Tasmania is an extremely popular region when it comes to unique varieties of timber and the team here at Plyco are clearly big fans as it’s one of two veneers found in Australia’s southernmost state. Tasmanian Oak isn’t available in our Laminato range; however, it is available as part of our Strataply range and can be applied to our signature sheets of MDF and Particle Board.
Visually, Tasmanian Oak is light in colour with subtle tinges of brown to make the veneer pop and standout in a crowd. You’ll also notice shades of cream throughout the veneer too, which works well with the brown to create a product that is truly stunning.
Tasmanian Oak is actually a very broad name for three different hardwood species from Tasmania. The Eucalyptus regnansm, Eucalyptus obliquea and Eucalyptus delegatensis all fall under the Tassie Oak banner. These species can also be found in areas of Victoria and south-east New South Wales, but this specific veneer only refers to those trees that have been sourced directly from Tasmania. When sourced from Victoria you will most likely here the timber and accompanying veneer referred to as Victorian Ash.
Eucalyptus regnans is the tallest flowering plant in the world and is actually the second-tallest tree on the planet, just behind the Coast Redwood. It’s known to grow to around 85-metres tall, with the tallest living species reaching 99-metres tall and is fittingly called Centurion. This variation of Tasmanian Oak thrives in tall, wet, forests found in cool mountainous areas at high altitude, and is able to regenerate through seeds, making areas full of these trees able to carry on after bushfires. The Eucalyptus regnans also has a lifespan of several hundred years.
Eucalyptus regnans standing proud and tall
Eucalyptus obliqua isn’t quite as tall as their regnans cousins, however, they’re still able to grow well and truly up to 90-metres, with the tallest ever recording species touching 98-metres. Obliqua can also be found at high altitudes, but will also be found at sea-level too, meaning it a has a greater and more widespread area for potential habitats. Humid locations are where it thrives most and is able to adapt to cool or hot climates. Eucalyptus obliqua is a very adaptive species and can thrive in quite an array of different environments.
Eucalyptus obliqua in the wild
Finally, Eucalyptus delegatensis is a straight-growing species of tree that can grow to similar heights as its cousins. It’s found strictly in high altitude areas, most commonly found in most mountainous and high-altitude parts of Tasmania. Delegatensis is the thirstiest of the trio, requiring over 1,200mm or 47-inches of rain per year, while also thriving off snow and frost during the winter season.
This is what the Eucalyptus delegatensis looks like before it becomes a veneer!
Tasmanian Oak veneer can come from so many unique backgrounds and locations and that’s one of the reasons (outside of looking superb), that we are such massive fans here at Plyco! If you like the look and sound of our Tasmanian Oak or any of the veneers here at Plyco, why not jump over to our online store to see our entire range! Whether it’s our gorgeous Strataply or Laminato veneers or construction plywood for that next DIY project around the house we’ve got you covered. Alternatively, you can pay our Fairfield showroom a visit to see everything in-person or get in touch for some sample products