Brown Mallee

Brown Mallee burl (Eucalyptus spp.)
Brown Mallee burl (Eucalyptus spp.)

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Common Name(s): Brown Mallee

Scientific Name: Eucalyptus dumosa, E. viridis

Distribution: Southeastern Australia

Tree Size: 16-26 ft (5-8 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)*

*Estimated hardness based on specific gravity

Modulus of Rupture: No data available

Elastic Modulus: No data available

Crushing Strength: No data available

Shrinkage: No data available

Color/Appearance: Heartwood generally medium brown, sometimes with an orange cast. 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 Brown 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 high: 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.

As opposed to Red Mallee, the appellation Brown Mallee doesn’t refer to a specific tree of the same name, but rather describes burl pieces from various Eucalyptus species where the wood itself is brown in color.

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Brown Mallee burl (Eucalyptus spp.)
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Mike Holton

Brown Mallee Burl bowl, very hard wood to turn but really worth the effort


It looked like a PIA while you were turning it. But it was stunning when you were done.