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Coachwood is one of the very few rainforest species that flourishes in the gullies of Sydney bushland. The trees are very distinctive, tall, with dark green, glossy leaves, mottled grey and white bark and flowers with white petal-like sepals that later turn pink. Coachwood grows in coastal rainforests of NSW and QLD. As the name suggests, Coachwood was used in early days for coach building but it has a multitude of other applications. The timber is used extensively for decorative work and also for flooring, furniture and boat masts. Seating in the High Court of Australia in Canberra was manufactured from timber cut from the rainforests west of Wauchope on the NSW north coast. It is said that the freshly sawn timber has a fragrance not unlike caramel. If you have room, consider planting a Coachwood in your garden. Unlike eucalypts, they dont drop leaves, are reasonably slow growing and will provide you with lovely dark green foliage. Coachwoods provide suitable roosting sites for Powerful Owls, and parrots eat the mature seeds. Coachwood make an ideal Cabinet Timber Rainforest planting. They grow naturally together and are a perfect long term investment for a cabinet timber plantation. Problem will be that you may never want to cut them down as they make a beautiful single species Rainforest stand. Some superb stands of Coachwood can be seen up in the Washpool National Park between Grafton and Glenn Innes.