Exotic Australian Red Mallee Burl

Red Mallee Tree

Red Mallee Table Top

Red Mallee

This extremely rare wood is imported from Australia.  A burl is like a tumor on a tree, so finding pieces large enough to work with is difficult.  Sought for is unusual bark and striking red color, you will rarely see it used for anything larger than pens and bowls.  We seek out larger pieces for accent tables on our lamps, to showcase its beautiful surface.


Common Name(s): Red Mallee

Scientific Name: Eucalyptus oleosa and E. socialis

Distribution: Australia

Tree Size: 13-26 ft (4-8 m) tall, 1 ft (.3 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 66 lbs/ft3 (1,050 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .79, 1.05

Janka Hardness: 2,490 lbf (11,060 N)*

Modulus of Rupture: 9,800 lbf/in2 (67.6 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: No data available

Crushing Strength: No data available

Shrinkage: No data available

Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from pink to orangish red. Pale yellow to gray sapwood is sharply demarcated from heartwood. Nearly always seen in burl form.

Grain/Texture: No data available.

Endgrain: No data available.

Rot Resistance: No data available.

Workability: No data available.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Red Mallee, though several other species within the Eucalyptus genus have been reported to cause various allergic reactions. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Generally available in burl caps and sawn burl blocks. Prices are on par with other imported solid-wood burl products.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Turned objects, knife and gun grips, and small specialty objects.

Comments: The term mallee refers to a species’ general growth form (known as a “habit” in biology). Usually smaller and shorter than trees, mallees grow multiple smaller-diameter stems from a common root system. Because of this, most mallee species are ill suited for lumber, though they do have a propensity for burl growths that can be harvested and used for turning and other small specialty projects.