The familiar name blackbutt, happened due to the tree’s appearance after bushfire, where the buttress (or butt) was considerably darkened. It is also referred to as coastal blackbutt to identify it from the tableland species, New England blackbutt.
Due to its fast development and versatility, blackbutt makes a great plantation timber. It is a frequently offered commercial hardwood species in New South Wales and southern Queensland, commonly used for building structure.
The heartwood ranges from golden yellow to pale brown, although sometimes a slight pinkish color could be present. The sapwood, which is not always easy to identify, is much paler in appearance and is resistant to attack by lyctid borer. Blackbutt has an even texture and usually straight grain making it appealing for indoor usage applications.
Blackbutt Timber can be stained, painted or polished however there can be issues with painting because of its tendency to surface check. The high extractives of mature wood can trigger troubles with some adhesives, however this is much less of a concern with young regrowth wood. These extractives can likewise result in staining on painted surface areas exposed to the weather condition. Blackbutt machines well but is just fair for steam flexing.
Blackbutt gives great fire resistance and is among seven hardwood wood species that was found to be appropriate by the Structure Commission in Victoria for house construction in bushfire areas (granted it has a thickness greater than 18mm).
A strong, durable hardwood, blackbutt can be made use of for an array of structural, exterior and indoor applications consisting of structure, decking, flooring and poles/posts.