Grey Box

Grey Box
Botanical name
Eucalyptus bosistoana
Grey Box grows in eastern Victoria and on the southern and central coasts of New South Wales.
Trading names
Grey Box
Coast Grey Box
Heartwood pale brown sometimes with a tinge of pink.
Sapwood distinctively paler.
Texture relatively fine and even.
Grain usually interlocked.
Growth rings not easily distinguished.
Very similar to Grey Box in appearance and properties.
General comment
Slow in drying.

Satisfactory for steam bending.

Common uses
General construction, heavy engineering structures, sleepers, bridges, wharves, flooring, decking, cladding, cross-arms, poles, piles.
(See notes below)
Hardness rating
Average Hardness Rating - Dry: Very Hard

Lyctid Susceptibility of Sapwood
(source AS 5604)

Termite Resistance of Heartwood (inside above ground)
(source AS 5604)

Marine Borer Resistance of Heartwood
Class 3
(source AS 5604)

Natural Durability Rating of Heartwood Above Ground
Class 1
(source AS 5604)

Natural Durability Rating of Heartwood In-Ground Contact
Class 1
(source AS 5604)

Density: 'Green Density' (GD) is the density of the wood at the time the living tree is felled. It varies considerably with the season, weather conditions, the age of the tree and so on; the quoted figure must therefore be accepted as a guideline only and when accurate green density figures are required for, say, assessment of transport costs, it is advisable to carry out accurate determinations on the materials involved.

'Dry Density' or 'Air Dry Density' (ADD) is the average density of the wood at 12 per cent moisture content. It too varies with conditions of growth, climate and maturity of wood.

There are published figures for both Green Density and Air Dry Density of most commercial species.

The figures given above have been rounded to the nearest 50.

Hardness rating: The hardness rating of a timber species is measured by the Janka Test. This is a standard test which measures the penetration into the timber of a common load and projectile. The results relate to a hardness capacity of the material and are expressed in kN. This information is useful where the timber may be subject to potential damage from impacts e.g. a dance floor. There are 2 sets of published figures; one for 'Green' or freshly felled timber and one for seasoned timber - i.e. timber with a moisture content of 12%.

The ratings given here are:
Soft - less than 5.5
Moderate - 5.5 to 7.0
Hard - 7.1 to 10.0
Very Hard - greater than 10.0.

Lyctid susceptible sapwood: Only the sapwood of some hardwoods is susceptible to lyctid borer attack. No softwoods are susceptible to attack.

Natural durability ratings: The natural durability rating of a timber species is a rating of the timber's resistance to attack by wood destroying fungi and wood destroying insects. The sapwood of all timber species has poor resistance and so the natural durability rating applies only to the heartwood of a timber species. The rating is based on the testing of stakes and poles embedded in the ground and on expert opinion of historical performance. There are 2 sets of ratings: one for above ground use and one for in-ground contact use. The lower the number the higher the performance in terms of durability. This information is useful for specifying material for external or exposed applications.


Grey Gum

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Related Tech

24 May 2019
Technical Data
Technical Information: English Oak / European Oak - Timeless elegance and natural character makes it...
8006 hits
22 February 2014
Technical Data
Botanical name Eucalyptus obliqua Origin Messmate grows in Tasmania and Victoria and on the tablelan...
62433 hits
22 February 2014
Technical Data
Botanical name Eucalyptus marginata Origin Jarrah grows in the south-west corner of Western Australi...
32251 hits
22 February 2014
Technical Data
Botanical name Eucalyptus paniculataEucalyptus drepanophyllaEucalyptus siderophloiaEucalyptus decept...
66841 hits
15 February 2018
Technical Data
Technical Information: Australian Chestnut Flooring is characterised by subtle colour variations fro...
17148 hits
29 November 2019
Technical Data
Technical Information: French Oak is a hardwood common throughout the Europe and eastern Europe. The...
5499 hits