Huon pine trees grow very slowly requiring about five hundred years to reach the size at which the trunk could be sawn into timber.
Huon pine timber is pale coloured from light straw to rich golden however fresh wood surfaces darken after contact with air and sunlight. It is a light, soft and very fine textured wood which is very easy to saw, chisel, plane, turn or sand. Timber quality ranges from straight grained to figured including birds eye effect.
Because the wood is naturally very durable logs can weather to silver-grey in situ but remain sound inside a five mm skin for hundreds of years.