Tasmanian Special Timbers   Tasmanian Special Timbers


Native non-eucalypt Tasmanian species that are used in timber and veneer production are collectively called Special Species Timbers. They include Blackwood, Celery Top Pine, Huon Pine, King William Pine, Leatherwood, Myrtle and Sassafras.


Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is a very well know striking acacia, used largely for its decorative effect. It has been recognized since the 19 century as valuable for wood turning, cabinet and furniture making and panelling. Other uses include organs, pianos and veneers.

Celery Top Pine

Celery Top Pine (Phyllocladus aspleniifolius) is a well know Tasmanian native conifer. It is prized for its durability, stability and lovely fine-grained texture.

Huon Pine

Huon Pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii) is a native conifer and one of the earliest trees to evolve in Tasmania. It has been used in ship-building in Tasmania since 1815s and is highly valued as a timber for fine furniture.

King William Pine, King Billy

King Billy Pine (Athrotaxis selaginoidesi) is an endemic Tasmanian softwood that is slow growing and can live for over 500 years. It is a very soft fine-grained timber that can be easily bent and works well with little shrinkage.


Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida) is endemic to Tasmania and forms part of the cool temperate forests. It is found in these forests growing under myrtle and celery top pine.


Myrtle (Nothofagus cunnunghamii) is the major species found in Tasmania's rainforest. The timber is prized for furniture, wood turning and panelling as it works well and takes a fine polish.


Sassafras (Atgerisperma moschatum) is an aromatic evergreen valued in the furniture making industry for its easy of working and beautiful creamy grey colour.