This heartwood is light to dark, red to reddish, or purplish brown with a distinctive dark gummy streaks which tend to spread over the surface. The sapwood is pale and is sharply defined from the heartwood. The texture is coarse and the grain is typically straight.
Although the wood has high density, it is easy to work with both hand and machine tools, however, high gum exudation clogs saw teeth and cutters. Once kiln dried, gum exudes are not a serious problem in machining. It glues and polishes well.
Wallaba has excellent qualities for transmission poles, flag staffs, marine and bridge construction in non -teredo areas owing to its strength and durability. It is also well suited for general heavy construction, utility and industrial floors and chemical vat staves. Additionally the timber can be used to make fence staves, posts and shingles for roofing.