This is the first in a series of occasional posts on the various species of wood that are used in the manufacture of cabinetry.
Lyptus is the trade name of a wood that is harvested from a hybrid of two species of Eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus urophylla. Eucalyptus is native to Australia.
Lyptus is a Brazilian plantation grown wood, Thus the use of Lyptus does not deplete old growth forests, which are regarded as valuable havens for biodiversity. Eucalyptus trees grow quickly and can be harvested for lumber within 14-16 years of planting. This is much sooner than for woods from cooler climates.
The fast growth rate of Lyptus ensures that supply stays high, and keeps costs low. The plantation environment also allows for precise control of soil chemistry, tree spacing, and other factors affecting growth, resulting in the highest quantity of quality wood from the smallest space. So Lyptus cabinets are both beautiful and green. Lyptus trees can be harvested for lumber in approximately 15 years, much sooner than woods from cooler climates.
The color of Lytus is predominantly a rich red-brown but can vary significantly from a light pink to a dark brown. Lyptus is available with darker stain colors to temper some of this natural color variation.
Cabinets of the Desert represents Executive Cabinetry, very environmentally sensitive company. Here is a link to their Green Initiative page: http://www.executivecabinetry.com/eco-friendly.