Huon Pine is not just your ordinary plant; it is downright unique and classical. These conifer species are native in the isolated yet charming island of Tasmania in Australia. Well, the island’s name is pretty familiar, right? Yes, this is the hometown of the adorable Tasmanian devils. These creatures can be found in the wild, resting in the lush rainforest of Tasmania filled with towering trees, vibrant flowers and green plants such as the huon pines.
The Huon pines or Lagarostrobosfranklinii are very significant in this island state as it holds the record of one of the oldest clonal trees in the world, which is over 2 million years old. The fertile Lagarostrobos twigs have been beautifully scattered for many, many years but it continues to attract every wanderer who set foot to its ground. Normally, Huon pines are very slow to grow. It may take around 500 years for its branches to reach maturity. That is why most of these trees have stood the test of time. The twigs vary in different sizes because they do not cultivate together. Some are just 1 metre high and some could go up to 25 metres tall, creating distinctive landscape of nature.
These plants widely speckle the western and southern Tasmania, with Huon pines growing abundantly within and outside the rainforests. As conifers, they mature in swampy places such as the lake edges and riverbanks. Though it grows in damp conditions, they are still very vulnerable to catch fire. Consequently, creating a more strict guideline when it comes to natural preservation. Before, extensive logging was allowed that nearly all trees in the island were affected. Despite of the natural regrowth of these natural wonders, the flora was greatly disturbed in a very alarming manner. Thus, the government has taken important actions to safeguard the life of Huon pines, and other living plants. There are now certain rules imposed in order to access and cut down timber. Only dead trees are permitted to be crafted because cutting any living woody plant or foliage is illegal.
And since these vascular plants are not conventional as you think, these trees are crafted into art. Surrounding a Huon pine is a thick flooring of moss, and mass of shoots and roots. The scene it gives is already a captivating landscape of nature. Its wood, on the other hand, is finely valued— from the colour to the natural oils. These elements help in preventing the tree from rotting. The chemical, methyl eugenol, which is present in the tree, gives the rather distinct smell of Huon pine. And if you’re planning to plant a Huon pine, you might just be one of the few land owners with such unique conifer charm. Aside from Tasmania, the terrain of CrathesCatle in Aberdeenshire and Torosay Castle in Isle of Mull are the only grounds that worked well with Huon pines. Be part of the limited growers of these long-lasting plants and for sure, they can assure you of a lifetime commitment. Are you ready?