Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)
Australian Sandalwood is one of the main tree crop species currently being planted in the Western Australian wheatbelt. By the end of the 2007 winter planting season over 6,000 hectares of host species will have been planted, many already with sandalwood seed direct seeded nearby. It is the tree crop showing the most promise for areas of the wheatbelt receiving as low as 250mm annual rainfall although it will do better in higher rainfall areas. It is a parasitic tree, requiring a host or range of hosts to thrive. It is mainly planted for its fragrant and valuable heartwood however there is great interest in finding markets for the annual nut crop.
The main source of information is through the Australian Sandalwood Network (ASN), Executive Officer, Bethan Lloyd (08 9574 5882 or 0409 681 655 firstname.lastname@example.org). The ASN works largely with individual landholders and can give advice on the suitability of sandalwood for your farm.
Some resources available through the ASN
Sandalwood establishment guide
The Avon Sandalwooder, Edition 1
The Avon Sandalwooder, Edition 2
The Avon Sandalwooder, Edition 3
The Avon Sandalwooder, Edition 4
The Avon Sandalwooder, Edition 5
The Sandalwooder, Edition 7
‘In View’, Summer 2006
SALT Magazine, Summer 2006
Landline story, April 2007