Australian Red Cedar, Toona Ciliata Trees in grow bags for sale. Price quoted is for tree up to 1 metre tall in grow bag. Larger specimens when available fetch higher prices. Pack post charges are extra, so please ask for charge to your areabefore paying.>> HERE
Australian Red Cedar, Toona Ciliata Trees in grow bags for sale. Price quoted is for tree up to 1 metre tall in grow bag. Larger specimens when available fetch higher prices. Pack post charges are extra, so please ask for charge to your area before paying.>> HERE
Color/Appearance: Heartwood color ranges from pinkish to a darker reddish brown. Paler sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood.
Grain/Texture: Grain is generally straight to slightly interlocked, with a coarse, uneven texture. Good natural luster.
Endgrain: Semi-ring-porous; solitary and radial multiples; large to very large pores, sometimes forming single broken rows, very few; reddish-brown deposits occasionally present; parenchyma vasicentric, marginal; narrow to medium rays, spacing wide to normal.
Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable; moderate to poor insect resistance.
Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Some difficulty can be encountered when surfacing quartersawn surfaces with interlocked grain. Can also exude resin and gum up cutters. Glues and finishes well.
Odor: Distinct, lingering, cedar-like scent when being worked.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Australian Red Cedar has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation, as well as other effects, such as asthma-like symptoms, migraine, giddiness, bronchitis, and stomach cramps. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Pricing/Availability: Seldom exported, Australian Red Cedar is sometimes available as lumber, or as musical instrument tops. Prices are likely to be moderate for an imported hardwood.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Furniture, cabinetry, veneer, musical instruments (guitar tops), and boatbuilding.
Comments: Formerly placed in the Cedrela genus, Australian Red Cedar bears many similarities with Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata). Both species are in the Mahogany family (Meliaceae), and Australian Red Cedar is sometimes referred to as Indian Mahogany.
In Australia its natural habitat is now extensively cleared subtropicalforests of New South Wales and Queensland. The Australian population was formerly treated as distinct species under the name Toona australis.The species can grow to around 60 m (200 ft) in height and its trunk can reach 3 m (10 ft) in girth. The largest recorded T. ciliata tree in Australia grew near Nulla Nulla Creek, west of Kempsey, New South Wales and was felled in 1883
Timber is currently also harvested in New Guinea Although it is not generally a viable plantation species, trees are regularly harvested by Forestry in the Atherton region of Queensland. It grows best in an environment with high light levels, however in the relative darkness of the rainforest understorey, it is less susceptible to attack by the cedar tip moth. The cedar tip moth lays its eggs on the tree’s leading shoot, allowing the larvae to burrow into the stem. This causes dieback and a multi-branched tree with little commercial value. The tree exudes a chemical that the female cedar tip moth seeks out. This moth does not attack commercial plantings of Asian/African/Australian native meliaceas in South America. As a result, successful planting of Toona ciliata is being observed in many parts of Brazil, including genetic improvement and clonal production.
The red cedar is widely planted in subtropical and tropical parts of the world as a shade tree and for its fast-growing aspect. It is grown in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States, and southern and eastern Africa. In parts of Zimbabwe and South Africa, it has naturalised; growing to maturity and spreading from seed
Heavily and unsustainably exploited in the 19th and early 20th centuries, almost all the large trees have been cut out and the species is essentially commercially extinct Availability of this timber is now limited
Reproduction and dispersal
Toona ciliata reproduces by seed. It is a prolific seed producer and establishes readily
It is one of Australia’s few native deciduous trees. The timber is red in colour, easy to work and very highly valued. Australian red cedar was used extensively for furniture, wood panelling and construction, including shipbuilding, and was referred to as “red gold” by Australian settlers