Plantation forestry trees

These fact sheets provide information about the key plantation forestry trees in Queensland. They cover:

  • their potential as plantations in Queensland
  • growing the species (productivity, soils, site conditions, pests and diseases, tree improvement, seed availability)
  • wood: (wood properties and natural durability, wood pests, potential wood products).

Spotted gum

Spotted gum is an important commercial tree in Queensland that produces a high quality, hard, durable and attractive timber. Currently, spotted gum is the highest volume native hardwood harvested in Queensland and has been used for construction, engineering, appearance products and round timbers.

Gympie messmate

Gympie messmate is an important commercial wood products tree in Queensland that produces high quality, strong, extremely durable and attractive timber. Gympie messmate timber sourced from native forests has been used for a range of construction, engineering, appearance products and round timbers.

Hoop pine - Araucaria

Hoop pine is a native species and a well-established commercial plantation tree in Queensland that produces a premium grade, quality tropical softwood. It is valued for uniform, knot-free timber with exceptional quality, and used for many commercially important wood products.

Southern pine (Caribbean pines, slash pine and a hybrid of the pair)

Southern pine is a well-established group of commercial plantation species in Queensland and produces a premium grade, quality softwood. The southern pines group is valued for excellent growth, straightness, minimal branching, wood density and even wood texture.