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Silvertop Stringy

Silvertop stringybark - named for the grey, fibrous bark extending to the species' upper limbs, which by contrast are whitish and smooth - can attain heights of up to 40 metres. It occurs natively on the coastal fall of tablelands, mainly in northern New South Wales.

The heartwood of this species is a pale brown colour, sometimes with pinkish hues. Its sapwood, up to 50 millimetres in width, is visually indistinct from the true wood. The grain of silvertop stringybark is typically close and straight, with a medium and even texture, relatively free of gum veins.

Silvertop stringybark is a hard timber (rated 2 on a 6-class scale) in relation to both indentation and working with hand tools. It is readily worked by machine, and amenable to the use of standard fittings and fastenings.

Recommended uses: Common applications range from preservative-treated posts, poles, and sleepers to building framework, decking and flooring. Silvertop stringybark readily accepts paint, stains and polish. Because it glues well with phenolics, timber from this species has a potential for application in structural plywood and glue-laminated members.

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