Blackbutt (often referred to as Coastal Blackbutt) is one of the most common species of hardwood commercially available from the coastal forests of New South Wales and southern 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.
The timber is renowned for both its strength and versatility of application. A straight grained timber with a warm nutty hue complements a range of interior designs where a lighter neutral palette is required. Blackbutt is an extremely versatile timber with uses ranging from poles and sleepers through to decking, flooring and furniture.