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Highland Beech (Australian Beech)

Wood Flooring Species

There really is no single specific species of hardwood tree called “Australian (or Highland) Beech.” This is the name used for a mixture of timbers cut from Eucalyptus laevopinea, muelleriana, andrewsii, and related eucalyptus species.

Other Names and Species:

Australian Beech (Eucalyptus pilularis)
Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis)
Brown Gum (Eucalyptus resinifera)
Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri)
Highland Beech (Eucalyptus pilularis)
Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis)
New England Blackbutt (Eucalyptus andrewsii)
Silvertop Stringybark (Eucalyptus laevopinea)
Yellow Stringybark (Eucalyptus muelleriana)
White Mahogany (Eucalyptus acmenoides)

Origin:

Australia

Appearance:

The coloration of this wood flooring option varies from a light tan to golden brown in appearance. This variety is commonly straight- grained.

Properties:

Highland beech should be stained and/or sealed to prevent against attack from boring insects. The product dries easily yet sometimes yields distortion in the graining from the process.

Janka Hardness: 1686

Highland beech is a hard and durable flooring option. It is about ninety-eight percent as hard as African padauk, close to two-thirds harder than black walnut, roughly thirty percent harder than red oak, and close to seventy-six percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.

Workability:

Highland beech cuts rather cleanly and easily. This wood is easily nailed yet can occasionally split in the process. In general these species sand well and take a satisfactory stain.

Principal Uses:

The uses for the species comprising this variety include flooring, joinery, and general construction.


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