The bark is sometimes light grey, but can be dark grey to black and is unique with its pattern of horizontal and vertical ‘cracks’ forming a network of rectangles. Heartwood is a rich, reddish brown to dark brown; color darkens with age. Clearly demarcated sapwood is a pale yellow. The canopy of the tree is spreading and the small, oval leaves are greyish green on both sides. Fragrant yellowish flowers are carried on a slender spikes on the axils of the leaves and appear from November to March. The 4-winged fruit ripens to a pale red from February to June.
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Market Value and usage
Not very often available for sale, Leadwood is occasionally available as turning blanks and small lumber. Prices are likely to be high for an imported hardwood.
The Leadwood is fairly drought resistant, but is slightly frost sensitive. The wood is extremely hard and heavy and takes a long time to decay, making this a wonderful lookout tree for all kinds of wildlife. It is a long-lived tree (up to 1000 years) and even after it dies, the Leadwood stays impressive with its pale trunk and soaring branches.
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