Spotted gum is one of Australia’s premium native hardwood timbers. This Eucalyptus tree grows along the east coast of Australia, from north-east Victoria through New South Wales to the Northern table lands of Queensland. Spotted Gum is a diverse timber with a magnificent mix of colours and wood grain ranging from light brown, chocolate brown, light green and light golden browns, and it has a wavy type grain, giving it a very striking appearance.
Spotted gum is an extremely popular choice of hardwood for use for decking. It is a timber that finishes beautifully with stain or polish and makes a magnificent looking deck. Also, because it has lower tannin content than most other Eucalypts, it is less likely to cause problematic tannin stains.
Spotted gum is also a very strong and durable timber with a Janka rating of 11.0 for its hardness and is rated in Class 1 for natural durability, making it ideal for decking applications. It has a long life span of more than 40 years. Another reason Spotted Gum decking is very popular, is that it is one of the timber species that meets the required parameters for resisting fire without having to be subjected to any fire retardant treatment. Though it is extremely suited to outdoor uses it is also used for many other applications including internal uses such as timber flooring, lining and furnishings.
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