Of all Tasmanian timbers, Sassafras has the most
variable and dynamic colouring. White Sassafras,
the bulk of the material available, is a beautiful
pale, creamy grey white timber with a very light
brown toning. However, if the tree is infected
with a staining fungus it produces Black Heart
Sassafras, a timber with distinctive dark brown
to black streaks running through the wood.
Sassafras grows as an under storey species in
climax Myrtle rainforest in lower altitudes
throughout Tasmania. The lifespan of the tree is
about 200 years.