Southern Blue Gum Timber Flooring Sydney
Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulos) is sometimes referred to as Tasmanian Blue Gum. It mainly grows in the cooler parts of Australia such as Tasmania and Victoria. Southern Blue was popular with early settlers as wood chip and structural timber. It has graduated to a decorative timber and a flooring alternative as paler species have become popular.
The colour ranges from pale straw to browns. Sometimes there are blue, green or grey highlights. There are often pink shades seen in timber sourced from regrowth. The sapwood and heartwood are difficult to distinguish, although the sapwood is thought to be slightly paler. The grain of the Southern Blue Gum is interlocked with a medium and relatively even texture. Plantation timber can often exhibit areas of pinhole marking.
Southern Blue Gum is not termite resistant and left untreated is susceptible to Lyctid borer attack.
In 2005, Southern Blue Gum made up almost 65% of Australia’s hardwood plantations and is one of the world’s most widely planted eucalypts.
Visit timber.tas.gov.au for further details on this species.