A Future for Freeze-Tolerant Eucalyptus in the South?

 

eucalyptus_EBarnard.jpgEucalyptus, a fast-growing tree native to Australia and Indonesia, is planted across large areas of Asia, Africa, and South America as a major source of hardwood fiber for paper and biofuels. Because of its sensitivity to freezing temperatures, Eucalyptus hasn’t been planted extensively in the U.S., where fiber markets are dominated by softwood from pines grown in the Southeast, but there is increasing interest in the South in the development of a freeze-tolerant Eucalyptus species to grow in plantations as a hardwood fiber source. Recently published research by Southern Research Station and Eastern Threat Center scientists provides important first-time analyses of the potential impacts of introducing plantations of freeze-tolerant Eucalyptus into the South. Read more in CompassLive...

Pictured: Fast-growing Eucalyptus is planted in south Florida. Photo by Edward L. Barnard, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

 

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