Commonly known as Sydney Blue Gum, this beautiful red timber has a fantastic grain. It is also easy to work, dress and fix. It responds well to most finishes and takes a good polish, making it popular for decorative applications where moderate durability is required.
Tallowwood has a wide variety of uses however particularly impressive results are achieved when featured as internal flooring and/or cladding. Generally, Tallowwood is an extremely tough and durable Australian timber. This wood has a coarse texture with an interlocking grain. As the word ‘tallow’ suggests, the timber of this species feels greasy to the touch.
The heartwood of this species ranges in colour from pale to dark yellow-brown, with occasional tinges of olive green. Sapwood is a whitish colour. The texture of Tallowwood timber is moderately coarse, generally with interlocked grain. Unusually for a eucalypt species, Tallowwood is free of gum veins.
Tallowwood timber products exhibit exceptional durability in both in-ground and aboveground applications, where life expectancy is greater than 25 and 40 years, respectively. Although tallowwood is highly resistant to decay and will withstand damp and wet conditions quite well.