Huon Pine is a rare species of tree that has some remarkable properties. It is widely used in building boats. Here are five things you should know about Huon Pine.
Huon Pine is found only in the west and southwest Tasmania. It grows in the wet temperate rainforests. It is an endangered species and so is restricted from cutting unless they are dead.
These trees grow very slowly. It only grows 1mm in girth every year. Some trees are 2,500 years or even older. On average, a Huon Pine tree can live for 1,000 years.
The leaves of the Huon Pine are small. The stalks are covered by small scales just like the cypress hedges. During spring it develops pin-head sized cones.
In the past, Huon Timber was one of the best boatbuilding materials. It can also be used to make furniture and different wooden items.
These plant species are protected by the initiatives of the forestry of Tasmania. There are only three licenses available to cut Huon Pine sawlog. The supply of salvaged dead timber of Huon Pine can last for two generations.
Huon Pine is a unique species of trees and is very useful. Its unique features are very appealing and people often can’t resist the temptation to cut these trees and make beautiful wooden things like boat and furniture. But we should be careful so that it doesn’t become extinct. Otherwise, it will affect the biodiversity of the Tasmanian rainforests.