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A green substitute.

RED GRANDIS. THE TRADEMARKED NAME, for plantation-grown eucalyptus, is a hardwood varying in color from pink to white cream to light rose and is certifiably green, boasting FSC certification.

The award-wining wood, described as straight-grained and medium textured, is touted as a sustainable alternative for a variety of hardwoods, including mahogany and sapele.

Common uses include cabinetry, furniture, doors and windows, millwork, interior flooring, mouldings, decking, exterior siding and trim, outdoor furniture and patio equipment. For instance, FSC-approved, plantation-grown eucalyptus can be found in a variety of Crate & Barrel products and collections, including armchairs, tables and more.

An early fan, Keith Atherholt, president, Lewis Lumber Products, said Red Grandis has desirable properties including exterior and green qualities. It is "a versatile, strong and beautiful lumber considered one of the first substitutes for tropical lumber. It is an excellent lumber for furniture, house interiors, flooring, framing and decorative products," noted the Lewis Lumber website. Atherholt added that in his experience, users of Red Grandis typically go on to use it a second, third and fourth time.

Information regarding Red Grandis on the J. Gibson Mcllvaine Co. website describes it as a potential alternative for such species as mahogany, Spanish cedar and even cherry "because of the aesthetic similarities but also the physical workability, stability and durability. It is a bit softer than genuine mahogany with a Janka rating of 720 psi and the density is almost exactly die same," plus the wood is FSC rated and will qualify for LEED points.

Eucalyptus grandis is native to the east coast of Australia, where it is often known as rose gum, which is described as one of the most important of die commercial-grown eucalypts.

Southwest Florida reportedly is one of the areas that has been attempting to cultivate rose gum as a plantation-grown commercial species. Additional areas where species trials have been conducted include California, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

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Author:Kaiser, Jo-Ann
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Date:Sep 1, 2013
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