Pacific Teak / Vitex

Vitex has been widely used in Australia and New Zealand applications for almost 30 years. It is a timber that is attractive and stable and is as useful outside as it is inside.

Texture and grain are fine and even usually straight with occasional ribbon or interlocked feature. A distinctive leathery feel and smell. Nails and screws very well. Used in joinery, decking, claddings, panelling, posts, wharf structures, rails, beams etc.

Properties

Species Name Vitex/Vasa
Botanical Name Vitex Cofassus
Colour Range Heartwood is pale, yellowish brown with creamy greyish tinge
Janka (Hardness) Rating – Dry Not known
Natural Durability Class In-ground contact 2
Outside above ground contact 2
Density (kg/m3) Unseasoned (Green) Not known
Seasoned (Dry) 700/750 kilograms per cubic metre at 12% moisture content
Strength Group Unseasoned (Green) S3
Seasoned (Dry) SD3
Joint Group Unseasoned (Green) Not known
Seasoned (Dry) Not known
Fire Indices Spread-of-Flame Index Not tested
Smoke-Developed Index Not tested
Critical Radiant Flux Not tested
Smoke Development Rate Not tested
Group Number 3 (speculated)
Naturally bushfire-resisting Timber Unknown
Tangential Shrinkage % 2% Radial 4% Tangential
Hardness Rated 2 on scale 1 to 6
Naturally Termite Resistant to AS3660

R = Resistant

NR = Non resistant

Moderate
Naturally Lyctus Susceptible

S = Susceptible

NS = Non susceptible

S