Wood Workers Source

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Saturday
General Description
Tree & Wood Descriptions for: Eucalyptus obliqua

Product Sources

It is not known at present whether timber from this species is obtainable from sustainably managed or other environmentally responsible sources.

Tree Data

The tree is reported to attain a height of 200 to 300 feet (60 to 90 m) at maturity, with a trunk diameter of 36 to 48 inches (90 to 120 cm), sometimes reaching 84 inches (200 cm). Boles are described as often straight and long.

Sapwood Color

The sapwood is pale in color, is not distinct from the heartwood, and is about 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 cm) wide.

Heartwood Color

The heartwood is pale brown to light brown with a pinkish tinge.


The grain is usually straight, but may be interlocked or wavy. Quartered surfaces are reported to exhibit a fiddleback figure, although it is usually not prominent.


Texture is described as coarse and open.


There is no distinctive odor or taste.

Movement in Service

Seasoned wood is reported to exhibit medium movement in use.

Natural Durability

The sapwood is reported to be vulnerable to attack by the powder post beetle. The heartwood is rated as moderately durable.

Resistance to Impregnation

The heartwood is reported to be resistant to impregnation but the sapwood is permeable.

Gum Content

Hard gum and kino veins are reported to be common in the timber.


Messmate stringybark is described as light, fissile, and moderately strong.