Wood quality of eucalyptus coppice.
Eucalyptus bicostata, E. globulus and E. viminalis wood properties were examined from the point of view of their use in pulping. Samples were collected in 1983 of second-rotation, 10-yr-old coppice poles from a stand established in SW Tuscany in 1963, which had been cut to ground level in 1973. Wood properties compared (with first rotation samples) were: wood density, percentage bark, and chemical composition (cellulose, holocellulose, α-cellulose, lignin and extractives). Generally, coppice wood properties were less uniform for all 3 species than first rotation wood. Yield of both first and second rotation wood was similar for E. globulus, but second rotation yields were lower for E. bicostata (-15.4%) and E. viminalis (-18.0%).