Australian Cypress is a very rustic-looking wood with whorls and pronounced grain.
Pros: You want to give your home a cottage or cabin feeling.
Cons: As far as hardwoods go, Australian Cypress is fairly soft. Not the best wood flooring for a house with dogs.
The environmental question: Environmental groups call Australian cypress a species “of least concern,” and consumers can generally use it without guilt.
Australia is extremely diligent about protecting its natural resources; more than 90 percent of Australian cypress is harvested from second-growth forests. You can generally use Australian cypress without fear of environmental issues.