Lyptus (Eucalyptus urograndis)

Lyptus® (Eucalyptus urograndis)

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Common Name(s): Lyptus®

Scientific Name: Eucalyptus urograndis (Eucalyptus grandis x E. urophylla hybrid)

Distribution: Grown on plantations in Brazil

Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 3-4 ft (1-1.2 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 53 lbs/ft3 (850 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .60, .85

Janka Hardness: 1,420 lbf (6,330 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 17,110 lbf/in2 (118.0 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 2,049,000 lbf/in2 (14.13 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 8,640 lbf/in2 (59.6 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 8.2%, Tangential: 12.8%, Volumetric: 21.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.6

Color/Appearance: Color ranges from a lighter salmon pink to a darker brownish red. Appearance has been likened to both Black Cherry and Honduran Mahogany. Color tends to deepen with age.

Grain/Texture: Has a medium texture and small to medium sized open pores. The grain tends to be straight and even. Also, since the wood is grown and pruned on a plantation, there tends to be few knots or other abnormal grain patterns.

Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; large to very large pores arranged in diagonal rows, few; exclusively solitary; tyloses occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; narrow rays usually not visible without lens, fairly close spacing; parenchyma vasicentric.

Rot Resistance: Mixed reports, with most sources rating the heartwood as moderately durable in regard to decay resistance, though it is susceptible to insect attack.

Workability: Generally easy to work, though it can burn easily. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Lyptus®. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Should be reasonably priced, especially  for an import. (This is most likely due to the source of the wood: which is exclusively grown on plantations.)

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Flooring, lumber, interior millwork, cabinetry, plywood, and turned objects.

Comments: Lyptus® is merely a trade name, which is a registered trademark owned by the Brazilian company Fibria. The Lyptus® brand is marketed in the United States by Weyerhaeuser. The actual tree species, which is grown on Brazilian plantations owned by Fibria, is a Eucalyptus hybrid of Eucalyptus grandis and E. urophylla.

In terms of mechanical/physical characteristics, Lyptus® has a very high shrinkage rate, and is likely to experience a fair amount of seasonal movement. The wood is relatively hard, heavy, and strong, though as a general rule, the paler pinkish brown boards tend to be less dense, while the darker reddish brown boards tend to be heavier and harder.

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Lyptus (sanded)

Lyptus® (sanded)

Lyptus (sealed)

Lyptus® (sealed)

Lyptus (endgrain)

Lyptus® (endgrain)

Lyptus (endgrain 10x)

Lyptus® (endgrain 10x)

10 Comments

  1. Tom Loszchuk April 8, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I have been using Lyptus to build fine furniture in commercial and residential applications since 2008. I have had nothing but great success. My challenge is getting inventory. Suppliers here in West Canada do not supply it. I’m forced to order a entire lift at a time. To my knowledge virtually no one is using it in my region. I’m pleased to be a advicate for spreading the word on this great hybrid wood, Lyptus. A suggestion is to try making a endgrain cutting board. The endgrain patern is fantastic.

  2. Tom Hobbs January 16, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    “Related to red gum” don’t trust it on a large project. Build something small with joints and place in a dry heated space for a year or so. You won’t like it.

  3. bobbg February 6, 2017 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Will it Rot outside I’d like to make a door for a storm window for outside use, I can stain and seal it. It would probably look better anyway. A nice deep reddish brown would look nice.

    • ejmeier February 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t trust it outdoors unprotected. However, I’ve heard that rot resistance varies depending on the growing conditions of the tree, and generally the boards that are naturally a very dark red have better resistance than boards that are naturally a lighter pink color.

  4. Milton Bertin August 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    It is necessary to apply a sealer ???

  5. Luis July 11, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Does anyone know the worth of such a tree
    directly on the plantation ?
    I want to grow Eukalyptus-Hybrid-Clones Grandis-Camadulensis

    thanks

  6. Pete February 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I just put in a 54″x72″ laminated Counter top of Lyptus. It turned out beautifully. Routed the ends which had no tear out or chips. Machined really easy. It is a hard wood and very heavy. I’ve had a very minimal amount of movement in the top. After clear staining to preserve the rich pinkish color, I finished it off with two coats of “Good Stuff” a non-toxic finisher which food can be placed on. Tons of small splinters when working it though. I’ve seen it used as a restaurant counter top with little if any problems.

  7. James February 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Used it for interior trim. It works well and finishes beautifully.I wonder if it is stable enough to make up large table tops?

  8. alpha pud February 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    good stuff, chiped the ends and nailed it to my ceiling, been there ever since.

  9. Greg March 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I had some beautiful deep red 8/4 lyptus that I used for the base of my workbench. Machined well and finished gorgeously… but LOTS of splinters in my hands while I was working it. Wouldn’t hesitate to use it for some furniture if I got hold of some more!

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