Sydney Blue Gum flooring - "The Pacific Princess" American homes and businesses are in for a treat now that they have recognized the beauty of this flooring. This Australian hardwood species - Eucalyptus saligna - is a native Australian hardwood growing naturally along the east coast between Sydney and central Queensland. In Australia, it is a much loved and widely used flooring wood.
Sydney Blue Gum hardwood flooring is picture-perfect pretty, treasured for its attractive "pink champagne" palette of colors - dark pink to reddish brown heart wood and paler sapwood. Although the colors of this flooring are in the warm color range, they are not as red or dark as its more intense cousin, Red Iron Bark. The truly beautiful grain of Sydney Blue Gum is straight and even with occasional curving flourishes and interlocking grain. Additional figuration results from gum veins which are a natural attribute and not a defect. As lumber, it dries easily and, as a flooring wood, it is popular for its workability and ease of taking polish. Uses: In addition to its use as a flooring hardwood, Sydney Blue Gum is also prized for cladding and panelling, as well as for boat building, furniture and joinery.
Janka hardness: 2023 (harder than American White Oak which is 1360).
Working with Sydney Blue Gum: Straight or slightly interlocked grain. Relatively easy to work.