Often overlooked as a premium, moderately strong wood, Redgum or “Sweetgum” as it’s also known, is one of North America’s few, domestic exotic woods. And shouldn’t be confused with various Australian Eucalyptus genus that are referred to as “Red Gum” — with the notable space in the name.
With its characteristic golf-ball size prickly fruits and large star-shaped leaves, Redgum flourishes throughout the Southeastern United States, but grows commonly as far north as Connecticut and Missouri, and southwest to Texas. Pockets are even found in Mexico and Central America.
While the heartwood of Redgum is a grey to reddish brown with darker black streaks, its sapwood is a creamy white to light pink color. The grain is interlocked, with a very fine, uniform texture, and good natural luster. A versatile wood, lighter cuts of Redgum can be easily finished to look like Cherry, Mahogany, or Walnut.
It’s widely used for wood veneer, architectural plywood, doors, speaker/acoustic cabinets, boxes, crates, and turned objects.
Eastern United States
Southeastern United States
Lower Mississippi Valley
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CITES Appendices: Not listed
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Listed as a species of least concern.