It is a particularly hard, strong and durable timber, with a broad range of applications, due to its resistance to lyctid borers and termites. The timber's appearance ranges from reddish to dark brown heartwood. The sapwood is lighter in colour and is 20mm thick on average. Grain is usually tight and straight and no distinctive figure is encountered.
Due to its class 1 strength and durability ratings, grey ironbark is commonly used in engineering applications as a sawn and round timber. It can be specified for wharf and bridge construction, railway sleepers, cross arms, poles, piles and mining timbers.
The unseasoned timber is excellent for general house framing, while seasoned and dressed grey ironbark timber is used for cladding, internal and external flooring, linings and joinery. It is also ideal for fencing, landscaping and retaining wall
fun fact: Indigenous Australians use it to make spear throwers and boil its bark for treating sores.