ABOUT TIMBER // Blackwood


By Karryn & Dean
IN-TERIA FlapJack // Blackwood


Also known as Australian Blackwood, Paluma Blackwood, and Black Wattle.

Acacia melanoxylon, or Blackwood, is a medium-sized Australian hardwood that grows in the eastern states of Australia, from South Australia through to the wetter areas of Tasmania. A wattle, Blackwood can reach heights of 35m but typically achieves about 10 - 20m.  

The trees are short-lived and fast-growing and are an understorey species that grows from the coast to approx. 1000m above sea level. While they grow on the slopes of hills and mountaintops, they thrive in swampy lowland environments. They have a vigorous root system which suckers readily. Blackwoods regenerate quickly from seed after a fire. The flowers, which are present in Spring, are densely packed, with stalks containing many whitish to pale yellow balls. 


Blackwood is commonly used for interior-based applications such as decorative veneers, panelling, furniture, joinery and flooring. It is not suitable for exterior applications. 

Blackwood is easily worked, and nails and glues well. A smooth, polished finish can be achieved, making Blackwood ideal for fine furniture and architectural hardware.

The wood dust from this species can cause irritations, and precautions must be taken.


The timber ranges from light golden brown to deep brown and is sometimes complemented by reddish streaks or narrow bands of darker colour. Blackwood has a medium and even texture. Its grain can either be straight or have a wavy, fiddleback pattern.

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