Herman Pacific

  • American White Oak

  • Western Red Cedar

  • American White Ash

  • Australian Ash

  • DuraLarch

  • Kwila

  • Purpleheart

  • Vitex

  • Western Red Cedar

  • Greenheart

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Herman Pacific takes a leading role in the industry when it comes to timber knowledge.

Our team is immersed in timber every day and we strive to continuously understand all of the options available.  Perhaps its aesthetics that are important to you, or timber durability could be key. We realise that timber investment is no light choice – and it is our commitment to outline something fit for purpose for every project you are involved in.  We have an exciting selection of premium timber species, and look forward to discussing the options with you.


Western Red Cedar

Specie:   Western Red Cedar
Botanical Name: Thuja Plicata

Native to Western North America, Western Red Cedar is steeped in a rich history - highly valued for its durability, stability and overall beauty. Certainly it has earned the rightful title of Hermpac’s flagship specie.  Since the 1950s, it has also been lauded as one of the most appealing species for adding value and cutting-edge design to prestigious homes throughout New Zealand.

The merit points for Western Red Cedar are extensive, including a natural resistance to decay, light in weight, and its overall ease to work with.  It is little wonder this fantastic specie is the preferred choice for a diverse range of interior and exterior applications. 


Western Red Cedar Premium Clears No. 1 (PC1) Grade Description

Specie:   Western Red Cedar
Botanical Name: Thuja Plicata
Grade: Premium Clears No. 1 (PC1)


Western Red Cedar Premium Clears No. 2 (PC2) Grade Description

Specie:   Western Red Cedar
Botanical Name: Thuja Plicata
Grade: Premium Clears No. 2 (PC2)


Western Red Cedar PremSelect Grade Description

Specie:   Western Red Cedar
Botanical Name: Thuja Plicata
Grade: PremSelect


Western Red Cedar CedarOne Grade Description

Specie:   Western Red Cedar
Botanical Name: Thuja Plicata
Grade: CedarOne


Western Red Cedar CedarLine Grade Description

Specie:   Western Red Cedar
Botanical Name: Thuja Plicata
Grade: CedarLine



Specie name:                    DuraLarch
Botanical Name:              Larix Sibirica

Native to Europe, DuraLarch has wonderful rustic, rich and natural characteristics and it performs incredibly well in all manner of applications. 
Duralarch is a slow growing softwood tree that thrives in the harsh, cold climates. Used throughout Europe for centuries for cladding and decking, this naturally ‘real’ timber has made an immediate impact in New Zealand.


Duralarch EKF1 Grade Description

Specie name: DuraLarch
Botanical Name: Larix Sibirica
Grade: EKF1



Specie: Purpleheart
Botanical Name: Peltogyne spp.

Native to Central and South America, Purpleheart is best known for its beautiful heartwood.  When cut, Purpleheart turns from a pale brown to a vibrant purple - often a surprise to people who first witness this specie.  Exposure to sunlight turns it into a rich brown, eventually settling into a fantastic driftwood silver-grey appearance. 
Purpleheart has much to boast about, it is an incredibly dense, durable and hardwearing timber. It has become one of Herman Pacific’s most versatile timbers, covering a range of internal and external applications.



Specie: Greenheart
Botanical Name: Ocotea rodiaei

Greenheart is renowned for being one of the most naturally durable timbers in the world.  Native to Guyana, Greenheart is a large tree with bark and fruits containing ‘bebeerine’, an alkaloid formerly used to reduce fever.
The heartwood is a pale to dark olive green, with dark brown streaks and the sapwood is pale yellow to green, yet not easily distinguished from the heartwood.
Greenheart’s strong, dense characteristics along with its natural resistance to marine borer make it perfect for applications such as underwater wharf or bridge pilings, and structural beams.



Specie:   Vitex
Botanical Name: Vitex cofassus

Native to the Solomon Islands, Vitex is a large canopy tree with a grey smooth bark. In the Pacific, it is held in high regard due to its durability, strength, excellent steam bending and working properties.

With an attractive colour of pale yellow to creamy-grey, this wonderful hardwood is fast becoming a household name in New Zealand for a range of external applications.


American White Oak

Specie:   American White Oak
Botanical Name: Quercus Alba

Native to Eastern North America, American White Oak is a magnificent tree.  In the forest it can reach enormous proportions with large wide-angled branches stretching out as long as the tree is high.  Unlike its name, the bark of a White Oak is an ash-grey, with the sapwood light and the heartwood tones ranging from light, through to dark grey-brown.   Trees may live to 200-300 years, with a famous Wye Oak in Maryland estimated to be over 450 years old, but was finally toppled over in a thunderstorm in 2002.


American White Ash

Specie:   American White Ash
Botanical Name: Fraxinus Americana

Taking its name from the colour of the underside of its leaves and its sapwood, American White Ash is often coined the ‘poor man’s' American White Oak. The similarities are striking, particularly when stained a dark shade. White Ash could be the ideal specie when price sensitivity is an issue on a project.

Another prominent feature in American White Ash is the resulting ‘heart streak’ across some of its boards, creating attractive colour variations. 


Australian Oak

Specie:   Australian Oak
Botanical Names: Eucalyptus Delegatensis, Eucalyptus Regnans, Eucalyptus Obliqua

Australian Oak is the collective marketing name for a group of eucalypts from Australia and includes Tasmanian Oak and Victorian Ash.  The colour of the heartwood ranges from straw through to pale pink and light browns. 

Used extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand for many years, Australian Oak has a robust track record as a hard wearing and stable timber.



Specie: Kwila

Botanical Name: Intsia bijuga

Kwila deserves the high praise it receives, with its top quality, strong and durable characteristics.  Quite possibly the most well-known imported hardwood timber in New Zealand, Kwila (also known as Merbau) is used extensively for decking, outdoor furniture and other interior finishings.  Care should be taken due to its tendency to ‘bleed’ tannins, (staining surrounding surfaces).  Kwila is also in top demand for internal flooring, the rich brown chocolate colour tones will certainly add a touch of elegance to your home, whilst the hard wearing nature of Kwila also make this a smart choice.