Blackbutt (often referred to as Coastal Blackbutt
to distinguish it from the tableland species) is one of the most common
species of hardwood commercially available from the coastal forests of New South Wales.
It grows in the coastal forests of NSW from Bega on
the south coast up to Maryborough in Queensland. It is a
tall tree, up to 75 metres in height.
After a bushfire, the lower trunk of the tree is dramatically darkened –
hence the name ‘blackbutt’.
The timber has a colour ranging from a golden
yellow through to pale browns. The colour range is
subtle and is excellent where the colour
requirement is light and neutral. The sapwood is distinctly lighter than the
heartwood. Some material sourced from the northern part of its range may have
a slightly pinkish tinge. The sapwood is not susceptible to lyctid borer attack.
Blackbutt is an extremely versatile timber with
uses ranging from poles and sleepers through to decking, flooring and
furniture. The heartwood is of Class 2 durability allowing external