Manna Gum Timber Flooring Sydney
Manna Gum, also known as Ribbon Gum or Viminalis is a 50 metre tall Australian eucalypt growing in the cooler areas of Australia. It is found from the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia through Tasmania and Victoria to all the tableland districts of New South Wales.
The Manna Gum tree is named after the sweet red gum which oozes from the leaves and damaged bark. In early times the gum was eaten by Aboriginal Australians. The other common name for this species, Ribbon Gum, comes from the long ribbon-like deciduous strips of bark that hang from the trunk.
There are three subspecies of the Manna Gum, including the viminalis, cygnetensis and pryoriana. Each subspecies can be found in different parts of Australia: Victoria, Tasmania, and regions in South Australia.
The heartwood is pale pink or pale pinkish brown while the sapwood is not visually distinct. Manna Gum timber flooring is generally pale pink to pinkish brown in colour, often with distinctive light grey streaks. It has a medium and even texture and variable grain, with prominent growth rings.
As well as timber flooring, Manna Gum is commonly used for internal joinery, furniture, panelling and handles. Manna Gum’s botanical name is Eucalyptus viminalis and its Janka rating 6.0.