Saligna, Blue gum, Southern blue gum

Scientific name:  Eucalyptus saligna

Description:  Heartwood is a light yellowish-brown. Narrow sapwood is a pale gray/white. Boards with mottled figure are sometimes seen, as well as solid burl sections and veneer.  Grain tends to be interlocked, with a uniform medium to coarse texture. Low natural lustre.

Properties:  Gives moderately good results with hand and machine tools, though boards with interlocked grain (especially on quartersawn surfaces) frequently causes tearout during planing and other surfacing operations. Blue gum tends to have many internal stresses and drying difficulties, and has a large amount of movement in service, which excludes it from being used in applications where stability is important. Glues and finishes well.

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