Brush Box Timber – Lophostemon confertus
Brush Box AKA Box Brush
Colour – The heartwood ranges from pink-brown to red-brown but is often very variable between trees. The sapwood is usually slightly paler in colour.
Grain – Close and even textured; often with curly interlocking grain.
Density – 880 kg/m3
Durability – Class 3 – Moderately resistant to decay when fully exposed to the weather, clear of the ground and well drained with free air circulation. Not recommended for in-ground use.
Hardness – Hard (rated 2 on a 6 class scale) in relation to indentation and ease of working with hand tools
Sapwood – Pale greyish-brown
Heartwood – Pink brown to red-brown, often very variable between trees.
Texture – Fine and uniform, grain often interlocked.
Growth rings – Absent
Vessels – Small, visible with the aid of a lens, numerous, solitary and diffuse; tyloses common.
Parenchyma – Not visible under a lens
Rays – Fine, indistinct under a lens
Burning Splinter Test – Produces a full ash, white to brown in colour.