Markets for ground-durable eucalypts

Potential markets for ground-durable eucalypt timbers range from on-farm fencing and vineyard posts to durable engineering timbers and high-value decorative uses. Markets are expected to develop both in New Zealand and overseas.

The NZDFI has identified a diverse range of exciting potential markets for naturally durable eucalypt timber. Many of these markets are already well-established in Australia, where to date they have been supplied with timber from old-growth eucalypt forests.

Potential markets

  • Posts and poles for vineyards, kiwifruit orchards, organic farms and general farm use. A minimum of 500,000 poles are needed each year within South Island vineyards alone.
  • Power poles and cross arms for power poles, both in New Zealand and Australia. The Marlborough Lines Company has already established its own ground-durable eucalypt plantation to produce timber for this purpose.
  • Indoor and outdoor flooring and decking.
  • Railway sleepers and construction timber for bridges and wharfs, where timber strength and durability are paramount.
  • As a component of laminated veneer products (LVL), to increase strength
  • As a replacement for imported tropical hardwoods such as teak, used for very high-value decorative uses.
E cladocalyx posts in a Wairarapa vineyard

E cladocalyx posts in a Wairarapa vineyard


The NZDFI aims to support growers who are keen to grow and mill their own durable eucalypt timber for on-farm use. We want to ensure maximum returns to growers, as part of our objective of providing a viable land-use to eastern drylands farmers.


Want to know more about markets for ground-durable eucalypts?

Check out this presentation: The NZDFI project - ppt presentation


Interested in buying, selling and uses for a range of eucalypt timbers?

Have a look at the NZ Farm Forestry Association Specialty Timbers website