Red and Grey Ironbark both present as a stunning array of colours, ranging from pale grey or light chocolate to darker reds and browns.
GREY AND RED IRONBARK (EUCALYPTUS PANICULATA & EUCALYPTUS SIDEROXYLON)
Red Ironbark is more reddish than Grey Ironbark which is brown. The texture is moderately coarse and even, with interlocking grain. Red ironbark is a premium native hardwood that is well regarded as a high quality timber in Australia. Indigenous Australians have used it to make spear throwers and boil its bark for treating sores.
It is a particularly hard, strong and durable timber, with a broad range of applications, due to its resistance to lyctid borers and termites.
Ironbarks are a very characteristic group of trees, aptly named after their thick, compact and hard bark. The commercially available Ironbark species are divided into Grey and Red Ironbarks. Trees grow in north central Victoria, on the inland slopes of New South Wales and occasionally in the coastal districts of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Red Ironbark is a medium sized tree of 30 to 50m with a stem diameter of 1.5m. The bark is hard, coarse, with deep furrows and ridges, ranging from dark brown to black in colour and grows even on the small branches.
Red Ironbark, E. Drepanophylla, is found from northern New South Wales to Bundaberg, Queensland. It is also found in scattered patches as far north as the Atherton Tableland. Grey Ironbark, E. Paniculata, is found in New South Wales only from Bega to Coffs Harbour.
A very heavy timber, at 1120 kilograms per cubic metre, Grey Ironbark is dense and can be difficult to work. Dressed surfaces take on a steely sheen.