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When botanists were grappling with the harsh realities of the arrival of the emerald ash borer to U.S. forests, most referenced the devastation that might come to ash trees in terms of another native tree, all but wiped out by blight. That tree was the American chestnut, Castanea dentata. Scientists now have reason to hope that the majestic trees, once widespread throughout North America but virtually eliminated by the Asiatic blight fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, formerly known as Endothia parasitica, might return blight resistant.
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Jarrah’s a red-hot hit, both with interior and outdoor applications. A popular and well regarded species of eucalyptus from Western Australia, jarrah has long been a favorite because of its strength, hardness, durability and pleasing red tone.
Woodcraft copywriters scored a great one with organically grown, cage-free Cocobolo wearables for an April Fool's day spoof. It deserves a look and a laugh if you missed it.
Cocobolo timber is sturdy and yields very interesting, beautiful figures. The wood is usually cut into veneers for use in inlay work and fine furniture.