Sydney Blue Wood Floor
Scientific Name: Eucalyptus saligna
Other Names and Species: Sydney blue gum
Appearance: Sydney blue gum's heartwood has a range of coloring from softer brown through deep red hues, while the sapwood has a lighter coloring. This wood has a slightly interlocked or straight grain.
Properties: Sydney blue gum wood is very hard and tough, and moderately durable. This species can take some time to dry properly to prevent checking and warping.
Hardness (Janka): 2023; Sydney blue is a hard wood flooring species. It is over one hundred and two percent harder than teak, just under forty percent harder than hard maple, just over seventeen percent harder than African padauk, a little over eleven percent harder than hickory or pecan, between five and six percent harder than jarrah, and nearly ninety-two percent as hard as santos mahogany's ranking of 2200.
Workability: Sydney blue gum works relatively easily with hand or power tools. As with most hardwood flooring species, it is recommended that holes be pre-drilled when installing by nails. This wood stains and finishes well.
Principal Uses: Some of the uses of Sydney blue gum wood include quality hardwood flooring, furniture, bridge and wharf construction, shipbuilding, and tool handles.