Western Australia's Native Hardwoods
The forests of Western Australia's south west are carefully managed to protect all the values of the forest.
These forests also support a strictly limited, sustainable harvest of native hardwoods.
Western Australian jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) is one of the world's great hardwoods. Fine furniture made from jarrah is prized not only in WA, but commands a world market.
Jarrah is extensively used in many Western Australian homes, for flooring, furniture and cabinetry, as well as for structural purposes. Recently, jarrah decking has been approved for use under certain conditions in areas that are designated Bushfire Attack Level 29 rating.
Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) is a native species found in Western Australia that can grow up to 70 metres. Karri predominantly grows in the south-west, some 300 kilometres south of Perth. Karri can be used to make furniture, flooring and panelling. Because of its great strength and length, karri is used in many structural applications.
Karri decking has also been approved for use under certain conditions in BAL 29 rated areas.
Often referred to as 'Red Gum', marri (Corymbia calophylla) can grow up to 40 metres. Unlike jarrah and karri, marri can be found as far north as Geraldton. Feature grade furniture, which emphasises the natural features of the timber, such as gum lines, to enhance its attractiveness, has seen a boost in the demand for marri. Its lighter colour has also proved popular.
WA sheoak (Allocasuarina fraseriana) is a smaller tree, growing to 15 metres high. WA sheoak is often found in coastal areas and as far south as Albany. WA sheoak can be used for furniture, turnery, flooring and woodwork.
WA blackbutt (Eucalyptus patens) is sometimes known as 'yarri', and grows up to 45 metres tall. It can be found through-out the South-West as far south as Albany. Mainly used as a flooring timber, blackbutt has limited availability as most WA blackbutt is in nature reserves.
A list of our Members and the timbers they supply is available here.