Gum, Sydney Blue

Eucalyptus saligna

Appearance

Gum Sydney Blue

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Wide range from pinks to burgundy reds; regrowth timber may be a pale straw color with pink highlights. Colors mute over time and darken to a medium brown-red.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 2023 (57% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Data not available.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Very hard—carbide blades and bits required.

Sanding: No known problems.

Nailing: Pre-drilling and hand-nailing may be preferred.

Finishing: No known finishing problems.

Origin

Australia.

Availability

Moderately available.