Trees for Timber and Firewood

IMG_1112Why Grow Your Own Timber and Firewood?

Native tree plantations are places to enjoy. They are shady places to stroll through in summer and shelter farmland and home gardens in winter. They also provide valuable habitat for our unique wildlife and provide shade and shelter to crops, pasture and livestock.

Plantations and woodlots can be designed to provide a renewable source of timber for firewood, fencing, and construction. Well-designed and managed plantations improve property values, provide long- term economic returns, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Firewood

The average family home in cooler areas like the Southern Highlands uses eight tonnes of firewood to fuel a slow combustion stove each year.

A block of 100 trees planted in a 20m by 20m area would yield eight tonnes of wood, in areas with fertile soil and good rainfall. This means you need to plant 100 trees each year for 10 years if you want to have self-sufficient heating. You can begin harvesting trees for firewood in the fifth year.

An effective way to produce an ongoing source of firewood is to grow trees that will naturally coppice after being cut. Many species of Eucalyptus, Acacias, Casuarinas, and Allocasuarina will reshoot from the stump, producing multiple trunks which can then be harvested.

Any tree will burn but hardwoods provide excellent firewood because their wood is dense and burns with an even heat.

Once cut, the wood should be allowed to dry out for a year or two to maximise heating value.

Trees for Firewood

Botanical NameCommon Name
Acacia binervataTwo Veined Hickory
Acacia dealbataSilver Wattle
Acacia decurrensEarly Black Wattle
Acacia elataCedar Wattle
Acacia mearnsiiBlack Wattle
Acacia melanoxylonBlackwood
Acacia parramattensisParramatta Wattle
Allocasuarina littoralisBlack She-Oak
Allocasuarina torulosaForest She-Oak
Allocasuarina verticillataDrooping She-Oak
Casuarina cunninghamianaRiver She-Oak
Eucalyptus cypellocarpaMountain Grey Gum
Eucalyptus fastigataBrown Barrel
Eucalyptus globoideaWhite Stringybark
Eucalyptus globulus maideniiMaiden's Gum
Eucalyptus macarthuriiPaddy's River Box
Eucalyptus obliquaMessmate
Eucalyptus punctataGrey Gum
Eucalyptus quadrangulataWhite Topped Box
Eucalyptus salignaSydney Blue Gum
Eucalyptus sclerophyllaScribbly Gum
Eucalyptus viminalisRibbon Gum
Melaleuca armillarisBracelet Honey Myrtle
Melaleuca linariifoliaFlax Leaf Paperbark
Melaleuca styphelioidesPrickly Paperbark

To view more information about any of these species, visit our Trees for Firewood category on our online store.

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Trees for Timber

Botanical NameCommon Name
Acacia implexaLightwood
Acacia melanoxylonBlackwood
Allocasuarina torulosaForest She-Oak
Allocasuarina verticillataDrooping She-Oak
Angophora costataGum Myrtle
Angophora floribundaRough Barked Gum Myrtle
Corymbia citriodoraLemon ScentedGum
Corymbia gummiferaRed Bloodwood
Corymbia maculataSpotted Gum
Eucalyptus agglomerataBlue Leaved Stringybark
Eucalyptsu cypellocarpaMountain Grey Gum
Eucalyptus eugenoidesThin-leaved Stringybark
Eucalyptus fastigataBrown Barrel
Eucalyptus globoideaWhite Stringybark
Eucalyptus melliodoraYellow Box
Eucalyptus obliquaMessmate
Eucalyptus oreadesBlue Mountains Ash
Eucalyptus punctataGrey Gum
Eucalyptus quadrangulataWhite Topped Box
Eucalyptus salignaSydney Blue Gum
Eucalyptus sideroxylonRed Ironbark
Eucalyptus sieberiSilvertop Ash
Eucalyptus tereticornisForest Red Gum
Eucalyptus viminalisRibbon Gum
Syncarpia glomuliferaTurpentine
Toona australisRed cedar

To view more information about any of the species for timber, visit our Trees for Timber category on our online store.