Common Name(s): Yellow Gum, White Ironbark
Scientific Name: Eucalyptus leucoxylon
Distribution: Southern Australia (also widely planted as an ornamental tree)
Tree Size: 50-65 ft (15-20 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 63 lbs/ft3 (1,010 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .76, 1.01
Janka Hardness: 2,470 lbf (11,000 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 16,100 lbf/in2 (111.0 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,740,000 lbf/in2 (12.00 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 9,720 lbf/in2 (67.0 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.3%, Tangential: 10.5%, Volumetric: 15.9%, T/R Ratio: 2.0
Color/Appearance: No data available.
Grain/Texture: No data available.
Endgrain: No data available.
Rot Resistance: No data available.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: No characteristic odor.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Yellow Gum has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Pricing/Availability: No data available.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: No data available.
Comments: No data available.
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Scans/Pictures: There are currently no pictures of this exact wood species, but a similar species within the Eucalyptus genus is being substituted (E. globulus). If you’d like to contribute a wood sample of this specific species to be scanned, (even small pieces of veneer can be sent), please use the contact form.
Hi Eric, do you know what varietty of eucalyptus is so ubiquitous along the California coast? I understand that it was brought here from Australia in the 19th century and then propagated out of control. It seems to have a spiral grain structure which unwiunds as it dries.l
I’m not sure, maybe someone from CA can chime in?
I’m from California…but don’t know which is which by looking at them. This was an interesting jumping off point.
The most common eucalyptus that grow in California is probably the blue gum that has a shaggy bark or the flooded gum that has a smooth cream colored bark.
Images of the Blue Gum Eucalyptus and the Flood Gum Eucalyptus. Both shed their bark.