Spotted Gum is one of Australia’s premium native hardwoods with a striking appearance and a high degree of natural resilience and sturdiness, making it a perfect timber for a variety of structural, outside and indoor applications. Architects and designers throughout the world value Spotted Gum timber for their back-sawn grain structure, appealing markings and lively color combination.
Spotted Gum is the common name for 4 types that grow along the east coastline of Australia, from northeast Victoria to the northern tablelands of Queensland, with some occurrence in western locations of southern Queensland. Sawn timber from these species is normally offered throughout Australia. These species have straight, slim trunks with smooth bark that is shed in patches, providing the trees their particular spotted look.
The timber species described as Spotted Gum vary in look but not in sturdiness, class or other properties. The heartwood ranges from light brown through to dark red-brown shades. Sapwood is typically white to light brown in color. The presence of a wavy grain can produce an attractive fiddle-back figure. The wood has a slightly oily feel, a characteristic that helps machining and boring. Spotted Gum components that are 18mm thick or greater do not need fire retardant treatment for use in building in bush-fire vulnerable locations.
Spotted Gum Timber is utilized in engineering applications such as wharf and bridge building, railway sleepers, cross-arms and mining timbers. It is suitable for a range of structure applications, such as posts and poles, framing, flooring, lining, decking and cladding. Spotted Gum is likewise made use of in the manufacture of veneer and plywood. Other applications consist of boat-building, tools and tool handles, polo sticks and diving boards. Compared with other Australian hardwoods, Spotted Gum is a minimal staining timber as it is less vulnerable to bleed-through of tannins than other species. Spotted Gum is likewise a good timber for sculpting and wood-turning.