Warm, dense and resilient, Tasmanian Oak is the preferred hardwood for a wide range of applications.
Tasmanian Oak is light in colour, varying from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink. It is recognised for its excellent staining qualities, which allow ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishings.
Mature E. obliqua and mature E. delegatensis will survive even severe wildfires in contrast to the fire sensitive E. regnans, which does not survive even low intensity fires.
Seedlings of all three species establish best after fire has exposed bare mineral soils, with minimum leaf litter.
They thrive when they are not overshadowed. The species are generally not successful as plantation stock as the seedlings do not respond well after transplanting.
These three species occur in Dry Eucalypt and Wet Eucalypt native forest types. 35% of these forest types is in reserve.
The species produce buds in clusters of seven or more, with white cream flowers. The flowers are hermaphroditic.
The leaves are asymmetrical and rounder in shape in their juvenile forms. E. regnans has green, asymmetrical lance-shaped leaves. E. obliqua has asymmetrical glossy green, leathery lance-shaped leaves while E. delegatensis has dull blue-green asymmetrical sickle-shaped leaves.
The bark of each of these species is characteristically ‘stringy’. E. obliqua’s bark is rough and persistent to the small branches. E. regnans’ rough bark sheds in long ribbons and is often seen hanging from the branches. E. delegatensis has reddish-brown to grey bark with longitudinal furrows on the lower trunk.