Red Ironbark or Mugga Ironbark as it is also known is a very strong Australian hardwood that grows readily in north central Victoria, on the inland slopes of New South Wales and in some coastal districts of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Its strength, long-term durability and resistance to rotting has seen it used as “the” preferred structural timber throughout the last few centuries. Many wharfs, piers, bridges and railways were built using Red Ironbark.
Today Red Ironbark is used for all manner of building construction materials from poles to posts and beams and its ideal for hardwearing areas such as flooring and decking. Whilst being quite hard to work with due to its density and hardness it also polishes to a high sheen and as such is frequently used for furniture, benchtops, bars and even in boat-building.
The heartwood is a deep rich dark red to red-brown in colour. The sapwood by contrast is a pale yellow. The timber’s texture is fine with an interlocked grain.