Once dry, red beech is considered the most stable timber in New Zealand because of its tight cell structure.
The dry heartwood is a light medium red-brown colour. It has a tight, close grain appearance. Good machining characteristics allow high quality finishes to be attained.
The timber has a lustre and natural sheen that tends to improve with age, meaning red beech remains lively and does not appear muddy.
Red Beech is very stable and suitable for joinery, flooring, and decking. Being hard wearing it is also suitable as stair treads. As a flooring timber, it has an attractive, figurative appeal and lustre, and is significantly harder and more resistant to impact than alternative species.