Embargoes help sustainability but as natural growth of the rosewoods continue to decrease due to overcutting, as it almost certainly will, plantation growth offers some hope of continued sustainability, albeit of a somewhat lesser breed of wood.

In Indonesia, for example, East Indian rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) is widely grown on plantations, and in South America some of the other rosewoods are similarly grown, although not yet to the same extent [as I write this in 2011]. Plantation trees are planted in regular rows and do not have the undergrowth of natural forests, nor do they have competition for light from other surrounding species that may be taller. Also, the soil in the area of growth tends to have much more regularity than that in areas of natural growth. Thus plantation grown trees tend to be more bland than "wild" growth trees, with more regularly spaced (and wider) growth rings and a less diverse color variation both within one tree and from tree to tree due to the regularity of the soil and the overall regularity of all of the growth conditions. BUT ... plantation grown trees are sustainable and can be economically and readily harvested.

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