Eucalyptus globulus

bluegum woodThis introduced tree grows to a height of about 250 feet, and a diameter up to 6 feet. The tree has been an important stock for reforestation of damaged pasture lands in the early years of this century. The wood is extremely hard (specific gravity .8), and seasons with some difficulty. It is light to medium brown in color, with occasional gray figure. The tree is self-pruning, producing lower logs without branches or knots. Ellis, the famed British cabinet maker of the 1900s notes that the crush strength of Bluegum in many applications is over 3 tons per square inch. In the hands of a skilled craftsman, Bluegum makes exceptionally durable furniture.



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Bluegum leaves, young to the left





Mature tree

Picture by Charles Webber