Australian Hardwood timber flooring species

various Australian hardwood species


  • Blackbutt  –  blondish to pale brown with a straight grain
  • Brush Box – pinkish grey to rich reddish brown with an interlocked grain
  • Blue Gum (Sydney) – dark pink to red brown with a straight or slightly interlocked grain
  • Forest Reds – red in colour with an interlocked grain
  • Grey Gum – rich red in colour with an interlocked grain
  • Jarrah – dark red with a slightly interlocked grain
  • Red Gum – red to reddish brown
  • Red Iron Bark – dark red with an interlocked grain
  • Southern Blue Gum – pale brown with an interlocked grain
  • Spotted Gum – pale to dark brown or chocolate with a variable grain
  • Turpentine – reddish brown with an interlocked grain
  • Western Australian Karri – pale pink to reddish brown with an interlocked grain

 Choosing a hardwood timber flooring species is best done in person as each species varies, even if the name is the same. Getting good quality Australian hardwood timber flooring requires local knowledge of where the timber is being sourced from.

Not all Australian hardwoods are hard. Young trees do not make good floors because they are not as hard as they should be (Janka), they mark easier and “move” more than older more stable timbers.

Dont’ buy from brochures or samples you need to personally see the timber flooring you are buying as not all timbers of any one species are exactly alike in colour, grain, quality, maturity and milling. Call us and we will tell you why….

Read about John Bruker in Timber Trader news on page 31 & 32 here