Red Ironbark Eucalyptus

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It has very high resistance to rotting and can be used for fence posts, piers, sleepers. Very dense, hard, fine grained timber, difficult to work, but polishes to a high sheen.

Common Uses

Red ironbark is used for heavy engineering, transport, and marine construction, including poles, piles, sleepers, flooring, decking, bridge work, fencing, carriages and wagons, house framing and sporting goods.


Red ironbark heartwood is a deep red, contrasting dramatically with its distinctive pale yellow sapwood. It has a fine and even texture with an interlocked grain.


Red ironbark is very hard to work, limiting some applications that require fine detailing. It is slow to dry and care needs to be taken to minimise surface checking.