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Eucalyptus globulus of the family Myrtaceae, this wood is called variously blue gum, blue gum eucalyptus, Australian blue gum, Tasmanian blue gum, Southern blue gum, Hawaiian blue gum, and numerous other, less used, names.
It is native to Southern Australia and Tasmania but its abiltiy to adapt to a wide range of growth conditions has made it among the most, if not THE most, wide-spread eucalyptus species. It is grown, often on plantations, in Southern California, Hawaii, Southern Europe, Southern Africa, and New Zealand.
It has rapid growth and interlocked grain and is difficult to season without defects. Frequent internal stresses make it unsuitable for furniture, but it is widely used for construction (fence posts, poles, gates, etc), firewood, veneer, and wood pulp products.
If you buy wood in the USA that is labeled just "eucalyptus", it is very likely Euclayptus grandis (on this site on the "eucalypts" page) if not Eucalyptus globulus.
both sides of a sample plank of Tasmanian blue gum / Eucalyptus globulus --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above
The Wood Book pics
flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus, also listed as eucalyptus and gum tree) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views
end grain listed as blue gum eucalyptus end grain
planks listed as either blue gum or blue gum eucalyptus --- many of these have a mottle figure but that is so common in this wood that it is often not mentioned
plank listed as Australian blue gum
plank listed as Hawaiian blue gum
planks listed as blue gum / Eucalyptus globulus
planks listed as Southern blue gum / Eucalyptus globulus
planks listed as Southern blue gum / Eucalyptus globulus and with a color that is just laughable
figured planks listed as blue gum or blue gum eucalyptus
figured glue gum eucalyptus plank shown both dry and wet
curly blue gum eucalyptus
turning stock listed as blue gum eucalyptus
blue gum burl turning stock
veneer listed as Eucalpytus globulus
quartersawn figured veneer listed as blue gum eucalyptus
figured veneer listed as Eucalyptus globulus and with a color that is unlikely
paneling listed as blue gum eucalyptus
bowl and hollow form listed as blue gum eucalyptus --- although the color difference is striking, I think it is quite possibly accurate.