Lemon-Scented Gum (E. globulus pictured)
Spotted Gum (E. globulus pictured)

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Common Name(s): Spotted Gum

Scientific Name: Corymbia maculata (syn. Eucalyptus maculata)

Distribution: Australia (coastal regions of New South Wales)

Tree Size: 100-165 ft (30-50 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 59 lbs/ft3 (940 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .71, .94

Janka Hardness: 2,330 lbf (10,360 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 20,550 lbf/in2 (141.8 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 2,867,000 lbf/in2 (19.77 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 10,410 lbf/in2 (71.8 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 6.3%, Tangential: 9.9%, Volumetric: 16.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.6

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, Spotted Gum has been reported to cause skin irritation and rashes. 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: So named because the smooth grayish-white bark of the tree is shed in flakes, leaving conspicuous spots.  This species was formerly in the Eucalyptus genus, and was moved to the Corymbia genus in 1995.

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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.

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Anyone here oil spotted gum decking, exposed thinking of using Nature’s natural timber oil to keep the beautiful color of the timber we do expect it to darken a little with the use of an oil

George Peel

John Partion, this may help you, spotted gum is extensively used in boat building as it can be steam bent into ribs and planking

John Partlon

So I am thinking of making long bow.
I am in Western Australia.
Of course hickory would be my first choice.
But may be hard to come by.
Jarrah not sure thinking it might snap.
Spotted gum?
Any suggestions

James De'Ath

Spotted gum is about the only Australian timber you can use to make a decent self-bow. The modulus of elasticity of other Aussie timbers is too poor. As for laminated bows, you’ll find a lot of timbers are either too brittle or too greasy, so they will either snap or you can’t get good adhesion, even with the best epoxys. That probably explains why the first Australians got so good with boomerangs and spears for the first 60,000 years or so.


Spotty is used in flooring, decking, garden sleepers and tool handles.