Indigenous to Australia, Eucalyptus trees have always dominated the forests of the continent in sheer numbers and size. But in the 1850’s, the species was brought to the United States for carpentry and woodworking purposes, and has now become somewhat common in North America and South America. Especially the Blue Gum, which is one of the most highly adaptable varieties of Eucalyptus.
Growing up to 180 feet tall, Blue Gum Eucalyptus is capable of reaching 300 feet or more in height, ranking it among the tallest tree species in the world. And because it grows so consistently in any environment, it can be procured almost anywhere and provide the same consistent look. In fact, its subtle, light yellowish-brown grain makes it hard to identify the country of origin from tree to tree.
Yet, compared to other wood options – from an appearance standpoint – Blue Gum Eucalyptus is extremely rare and beautiful. Several types of figure occur within the species, but the most common are a “Bee’s Wing” figure and pommele.
While huge Eucalyptus trees yield incredibly long, consistently sequenced matched panels, they are known for cracking, bending, warping, and twisting. So, the species is almost exclusively sliced into raw veneer. Though other uses include utility lumber, pallets, paper/pulpwood, fenceposts, flooring, and turned objects.
Common / Alternative Names:
Blue Gum Eucalyptus
Tasmanian Blue Gum
Southern Blue Gum
CITES Appendices: Not listed
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Not listed
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