Yellow Gum

Southern Blue Gum (sanded)
Yellow Gum (E. globulus pictured)

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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.

Blue Gum (sanded)
Blue Gum (sanded)
Blue Gum (sealed)
Blue Gum (sealed)
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Dave Ross

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

Paul Thelen

I’m from California…but don’t know which is which by looking at them. This was an interesting jumping off point.

James McIntyre

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.

James McIntyre

Images of the Blue Gum Eucalyptus and the Flood Gum Eucalyptus. Both shed their bark.