Commonly known as Monterey Cypress, the Macrocarpa species performs very well in the New Zealand growing environment and trees often grow much larger as a result of fewer of its native pathogens.
With a low to medium density softwood and a large amount of heartwood, Macrocarpa is a strong, moderately stiff timber – similar to Douglas Fir.
Sawn logs are sort after by craftspeople, boat builders and manufacturers, as a furniture structural material and a decorative wood because of its colour and lustre.
It machines and turns well because of its fine texture and is resistant to insect attack in its timber form. This lends Macrocarpa to a variety of end uses including; outdoor landscaping and construction, exposed beams and cladding, panel and flooring overlays, fencing, boat building, furniture making and craftwork.