Scientific Name:

Lophostemon confertus

Other Names and Species:

Pink Box
Scrub Box




The sapwood of brushbox is a pale geryish brown, while the heartwood ranges from a reddish to pinkish brown. The grain is curly & interlocked and the wood is even in texture. This species has a glossy appearance.


Brushbox is naturally resistant to termite attack and moderately resistant to decay. The wood is reported to have no noticable odor. Brushbox requires some care in drying as warping or checking has been reported to occur when ample time is not taken for the process.

Janka Hardness: 2135

Brushbox is a hard and durable wood flooring species. It is just over one hundred and thirteen percent harder than teak, about forty-seven percent harder than hard maple, roughly twenty-four percent harder than African padauk, a little over seventeen percent harder than hickory or pecan, almost identical in hardness to pradoo’s ranking of 2170, and is close to ninety-seven percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.


Brushbox can be moderately difficult to saw properly. Nailing can be difficult in this species, and as such should be pre-bored before installation.

Principal Uses:

Brushbox’s uses include flooring, construction, and ship building.