Laburnum is one of the most dense and darkest in colour of the UK timbers. The green – olive colour evident on fresh exposure of the wood to planing and cutting gradually darkens to a deep chocolate brown, over a period of several years.
It cuts, planes, sands and polishes extremely well; it is akin to Rosewood in such properties, but not so oily. Being very dense it resists denting well.
Whilst laburnum is a fairly common tree in town gardens, it is rare to get to timber trade sizes or come to the timber market on a regular basis; due to its amazing properties and particularly its rich dark colouring it is one of our most prized and valued timbers.