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Ribbon Gum

Wood Flooring Species

Scientific Name:

Eucalyptus viminaris

Other Names and Species:

Manna Gum
Rough-Barked Manna Gum
Viminalis Gum
White Gum

Origin:

Australia

Appearance:

Ribbon gum ranges from light pinkish-brown to a paler shade of yellow in color. The grain of the wood is straight, with a medium and even texture.

Properties:

The wood is reported to have a slight odor commonly associated with eucalyptus shoots. Ribbon gum can be somewhat difficult to dry properly, as the species is subject to collapse during the process.

Janka Hardness: 1349

Ribbon gum is thirty-four percent harder than teak, about four percent harder than red oak, almost identical in hardness to white oak (less than one percent difference), seven percent softer than hard maple, roughly sevety-four percent as hard as hickory or pecan, and sixty-one percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.

Workability:

Pre-drilling is suggested for nail-down applications, as splitting occassionally occurs in the process. Glue holds well with ribbon gum flooring. This species sands and stains fairly well.

Principal Uses:

Ribbon gum’s uses include paneling, joinery, construction, pulpwood, and railroad ties.

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