Caribbean Pine as the name would suggest is a native species of tropical Central America occurring in the Bahamas, Cuba and other Caribbean Islands and on the mainland in Belize, eastern Guatemala, northern Honduras and Nicaragua.
Although Caribbean Pine is not a major species imported into Australia it has become a very valuable plantation resource for Fiji and is now being sold into this market. First planted commercially about 40 years ago to develop a domestic softwood timber industry in Fiji, production has improved to a point were export has become a viable option and Australia and the other small Oceania counties are the obvious markets.
usually grows to a height of about 30 metres with diameters to about 1metre
and is usually free of branches for about 15 to 20 metres making it very
suitable for timber production, distinguish.
Heartwood is yellow to golden brown although in more mature timber the colour can be darker to almost a reddish brown, with the sapwood a much paler yellowish brown and very easy to distinguish. The texture is coarse and uneven with the grain usually straight, growth rings are very prominent and there is normally a high resinous odour.