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Veshok trees were a species of slow-growing,[1] large, evergreen trees[2] native to the Outer Rim world of Mandalore.[1] Veshok trees grew in abundance on Mandalore, and sprawling veshok forests covered most of Mandalore's northern hemisphere, stretching nearly as far as the planet's polar ice caps.[3] Veshok trees produced hard, sturdy wood. It was not uncommon for Mandalorians to put veshok wood to good use, constructing homes,[1] furniture,[3] fencing and gateposts, and even toys.[4] Through the years, numerous Mandalorians elected to make their homes in and around veshok trees clusters.[1]

The Veshok Terrace Apartments on Coruscant shared the name of the tough Mandalorian trees.[5] Veshok Squad, a special forces unit of clone commandos within the Grand Army of the Republic's Special Operations Brigade were named for the hardy trees.[3]

Kyrimorut—the home of the Mandalorian Skirata clan and a refuge for clone trooper deserters from the Galactic Republic's Grand Army both during and after the end of the Clone Wars—was located near a large number of veshok trees, and made use of the tree's strong wood in various aspects of the Mandalore bastion. A portion of the large vheh'yaim's furnishings were carved from veshok wood, and veshok was used in the creation of the homestead's roba pin. The Skirata clan also chopped and split veshok wood to burn in Kyrimorut's hearths.[4]

When the Yuuzhan Vong attacked Mandalore during their invasion of the galaxy, a large percentage of Mandalore's veshok trees were destroyed in the resulting battle, and the tree-based communities that made their home in the veshok forests around Mandalore's capital city, Keldabe, were completely wiped out. Although, by the year 40 ABY, Mandalore's veshok forests were beginning to return, growing back toward their former prominence.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Veshok trees first appeared in Star Wars canon in the Legacy of the Force novel, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice, written by author Karen Traviss and published May 29, 2007. In the Mando'a dictionary compiled by Traviss, she noted that veshoks were large evergreen trees, but possessed a wood grain similar to oak trees.

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