The Blackbutt tree, Eucalyptus patens, grows up to 45 metres high, with a bole of half that, and with a trunk diameter up to 2 metres.
The tree derives its common name from the fact that it is one of the least flamable of the eucalypts and usually survives moderate forest fires with only an increased blackening of its bark.
Blackbutt likes the loamy soils of major valleys of forest areas and is relatively scarce since it was a favourite framing timber for farm, and later railway wagons, because of its resiliance and durability.
The yellow to honey coloured timber has similar characteristics to that of Jarrah and is widely sought after as an alternative to the darker timbers for flooring and panelling. A specialized market for the product being flooring for indoor sports facilities in addition to commercial and domestic applications
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