The basic name blackbutt, happened due to the tree’s appearance after bushfire, whereby the buttress ( or butt ) was considerably darkened. It is likewise called coastal blackbutt to differentiate it from the tableland species, New England blackbutt.
Due to its quick growth and adaptability, blackbutt makes a good plantation wood. It is a frequently offered commercial hardwood species in New South Wales and southern Queensland, typically utilized for building framework.
The heartwood varies from golden yellow to pale brown, although occasionally a delicate pinkish color could exist. The sapwood, which is not always simple to identify, is much paler in look and is resistant to assault by lyctid borer. Blackbutt has an even structure and typically straight grain making it appealing for interior use applications.
Blackbutt can be stained, painted or polished however there can be problems with painting because of its tendency to surface check. The high extractives of mature wood can cause issues with some adhesives, but this is much less of an issue with young regrowth wood. These extractives can likewise result in staining on painted surfaces exposed to the weather condition. Blackbutt machines well however is only fair for steam flexing.
Blackbutt timber gives excellent fire resistance and is one of seven hardwood timber species that was found to be ideal by the Structure Commission in Victoria for house building in bushfire areas (granted it has a thickness greater than 18mm).
A strong, resilient hardwood, blackbutt can be made use of for an array of structural, outside and indoor applications consisting of structure, decking, flooring and poles.