The common name blackbutt, happened due to the tree’s appearance after bushfire, wherein the buttress (or butt) was considerably darkened. It is also called coastal blackbutt to distinguish it from the tableland species, New England blackbutt.
Due to its fast development and flexibility, blackbutt makes a good plantation timber. It is a frequently available commercial hardwood species in New South Wales and southern Queensland, often utilized for building framework.
The heartwood ranges from golden yellow to pale brown, although occasionally a delicate pinkish color could be present. The sapwood, which is not always simple to differentiate, is much paler in look and is resistant to assault by lyctid borer. Blackbutt has an even texture and usually straight grain making it appealing for indoor use applications.
Blackbutt can be stained, painted or polished however there can be concerns with painting because of its tendency to surface check. The high extractives of mature wood can cause problems with some adhesives, but this is much less of a concern with young regrowth wood. These extractives can likewise cause staining on painted surface areas exposed to the weather condition. Blackbutt machines well but is just reasonable for steam bending.
Blackbutt Timber delivers good fire resistance and is among 7 hardwood wood types that was discovered to be appropriate by the Structure Commission in Victoria for home building in bushfire locations (provided it has a thickness greater than 18mm).
A strong, durable hardwood, blackbutt can be utilized for an array of structural, exterior and indoor applications consisting of framework, decking, flooring and poles/posts.