If you asked for spotted gum to be used in your next outside project, you’d be making a wise choice… Unless you made it thinking there would be spots in the timber!
The term spotted gum actually refers to the tree’s powdery bark, which is white, pink or grey and often has patches or spots. Peel away the bark and you’ll find a beautiful, tough hardwood timber.
The colour of spotted gum timber varies from pale grey, brown and cream to rich chocolate brown. This natural colour variation is normal and is an appealing quality of spotted gum. Other appealing qualitites is the wavy grain that is often present in spotted gum and the fact that spotted gum timber is slightly greasy to the touch.
In an outside project, spotted gum can be used for structural purposes. However, it’s main use is as a decking timber, where it’s toughness and durability is admired.
The spotted gum’s botanic name is Corymbia maculata or Eucalyptus maculata, depending on which side of a slightly controversial botanic fence you sit on. It grows in open forests in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, particularly in infertile, dry ground.
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