Redgum Decking

Overview

“Forest Redgum” is a very distinctive timber in Australia, with almost everyone having come in contact with or heard of it. It has had an important part in Australia’s history being used in a range of applications from the very first settlers up until today. The timber, as the name suggests, has a striking red colour which ranges from a light to deep-dark red. Redgum has a fine and even texture with the grain being interlocked and often producing a ripple or fiddleback figure, which makes for a very attractive feature in decking boards. Redgum is a very versatile, dense and durable timber that grows in a wide range of areas from south-east VIC all the way east up until southern Papua New Guinea. Even though most of the timber has been locked away in protected forests, Redgum is still widely available on the East coast of Australia due to the broad area Redgum is found growing in. Some companies sell a mix of both Redgum and Red Ironbark (very similar timbers) often marketed as forest reds.

Redgum Decking
Redgum Decking

Pros & Cons

PROS CONS
Highly durable and hard Some gum veins present in timber
Termite resistant Mostly supplied in random lengths
Readily available

 

Properties

Name Eucalyptus Tereticornis
Colour (Heartwood) Light to dark red
Colour (Sapwood) Pale grey or cream red
Durability Class 1
Density 960 kg/m3
Hardness Janka rating 12
Checking rating
Shrinkage rating
Availability Moderately Available
BAL Rating 12.5
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Termite Resistant YES
Lyctid Borer Susceptible NO
Tannin Leach Little
Origin VIC, NSW, QLD, PNG