Forest Red Gum  

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Find out more about Forest Red Gum

The botanical name for Forest Red Gum is Eucalyptus tereticornis. You may hear it referred to as Forest Red Gum, Queensland Red Gum, Red Gum, Flooded Gum or even Blue Gum. Forest Red Gum grows naturally throughout southern Queensland and is a unique Eucalypt for this reason. It is a hardwood species with the highest durability rating possible.

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What does Forest Red Gum look like?

As its name suggest, Forest Red Gum is predominantly red, with a light to dark red heartwood and a paler cream-red to grey sapwood. It has a course grain.

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What is Forest Red Gum used for?

Common applications for Forest Red Gum include:

  • In-ground framing - expect at least a 25 year service life!
  • Above ground framing (exposed and protected)
  • Decking
  • Cladding
  • Internal flooring
  • Framing
  • Internal paneling
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Where can I purchase Forest Red Gum?

Forest Red Gum is readily available at all Queensland Timber Merchant Network members. Search for your local supplier via the Accredited Queensland Timber Merchant postcode search tool.


Where can I find more information about the use and application of Forest Red Gum?

For more detailed information than the Forest Red Gum property table below, visit WoodSolutions or download 'Construction timbers in Queensland' which describes the properties of timbers used in the construction of Class 1 to Class 10 buildings (e.g. houses, carports, garages, greenhouses and sheds) in Queensland, as well as other purposes such as furniture, landscaping and outdoor structures (e.g. playgrounds, fences).

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What are the properties of Forest Red Gum?

Termite resistance

Subspecies E. tereticornis is termite resistant, unlike its counterpart E. blakelyi. Otherwise, E. blakelyi has identical properties.


This is the measure of the percentage reduction from the unseasoned to 12% moisture content condition.



Mass divided by volume, expressed in kg/m3 when describing timber

High Density


Medium Toughness

Bushfire resistance

Not bushfire resistant


The strength of Australian timber is described in terms of "stress grades". Stress Grading is a way of classifying timber, either visually or by mechanical means to indicate the basic properties to be used for structural design purposes. The stress grade is designated in a form such as "F17", which indicates the relative bending capacity of timber.

F11 – F22

About Us

The Accredited Queensland Timber Merchant Network (AQTMN) is a group of Queensland owned and operated businesses with the aim of growing Queensland's forest and timber industry.

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