Choosing Your Floor


Common Name


Botanical Name

Hardwood flooring species grown in Queensland and Northern NSW


Coastal Blackbutt

Eucalyptus pilularis

Brush Box

Lophostemon confertus

Cherry Mahogany


Corymbia gummifera

Flooded Gum

Rose Gum

Eucalyptus grandis

Forest Red Gum

Blue Gum

Eucalyptus tereticornis

Grey Box

Eucalyptus microcarpa

Grey Gum

Eucalyptus propinqua

Grey Ironbark

Eucalyptus paniculata

Gympie Messmate

Eucalyptus cloeziana

Manna Gum

Ribbon Gum, New England Oak

Eucalyptus viminalis

New England Blackbutt

Eucalyptus adrewsii

New England Oak

Manna Gum, Ribbon Gum

Eucalyptus viminalis

Red Gum

Eucalyptus tereticornis

Red Ironbark

Eucalyptus crebra, Eucalyptus fibrosa , Eucalyptus sideroxylon

Red Mahogany

Eucalyptus pellita

Ribbon Gum

Manna Gum, New England Oak

Eucalyptus viminalis

Rose Gum

Flooded Gum

Eucalyptus grandis

Spotted Gum

Corymbia maculata, Corymbia Citridora


Eucalyptus laevopinea (silver-top), Eucalyptus eugenioides (white)

Sydney Blue Gum

Blue Gum

Eucalyptus saligna


Eucalyptus microcorys


Syncarpia glomulifera

White Mahogany

Eucalyptus acmenioides


Common Name


Botanical Name

Hardwood flooring species grown in Victoria, Southern NSW and Tasmania

Alpine Ash

Eucalyptus delegatensis


Acacia melanoxylon

Manna Gum

New England Oak

Eucalyptus viminalis


Eucalyptus obliqua

Mountain Ash

Eucalyptus regnans


Nothofagus cunninghamii

River Red Gum

Eucalyptus camaldulenis

Shining Gum

Eucalyptus nitens

Silvertop Ash


Eucalyptus sieberi

Southern Beech

Brown Barrel

Eucalyptus fastigata

Southern Blue Gum

Blue Gum

Eucalyptus globulus

Tasmanian Oak

Eucalyptus regnans, E. obliqua, E.delegatensis

Victorian Ash

Eucalyptus regnans, E.delegatensis

Wormy Chestnut

Chestnut, Firestreak

Eucalyptus obliqua, Eucalyptus sieberi and Eucalyptus fastigata

Yellow Stringybark


Eucalyptu muelleriana

Common Name


Botanical Name

Hardwood flooring species grown in Western Australia


Eucalyptus marginata


Western Mahogany

Eucalyptus diversicolor


Eucalyptus calophylla



There are many timber species used in timber floors which provide us with a rich array of colours and grain patterns. In some species the natural colours will be fairly consistent while in others there can be blend of many colours and tones. This is particularly so where the sapwood (outer layer of timber beneath the bark) is often much lighter in colour than the heartwood. Even within a single species and within individual trees, large colour variations of the heartwood can also occur. In addition to this the age of the tree also has a significant effect on the colour. Timber from younger trees often being lighter in colour than more mature trees. When choosing a timber species ensure that you consider the following:-

  •  Are you looking for a timber species or a timber colour? If you are more concerned with colour then ensure that you are accepting of the colour variations that may occur in that species. You may also consider whether there is another similar coloured species or whether mixed species of similar colour are available that would be more suited to what you are looking for.
  • You need to realize that photos in magazines
    or off computer screens are NOT going to
    give you a realistic representation of species
    colour. Even a sample flooring board
    provides just one representation of the colour
    in that species. Due to this, larger panels in
    showrooms should be viewed and even these cannot cover the full range of colour variations.

  • If you like the colours in a species from one supplier, should you expect that the colours in that species will be the same from another supplier? No, there is no assurance that this will be the case due to differences in growing region and tree age.

It is important that when choosing a timber floor to remember that no matter how large the showroom sample is that you have seen, it is only indicative of the species colour and natural variation that may be expected. Your floor will be different from these samples and totally unique to you in its beauty.

Grade Options

Select Grade – providing a floor where the feature present or natural discolouration will not dominate the appearance of the floor. Features that are permitted still include short narrow gum veins, a limited number and size of past borer activity and small knots.

Medium Feature - Standard Grade – providing a floor that may have significantly more character than a Select Grade floor. To some degree this will depend on the features present in a particular species. In one species gum veins may naturally be prevalent while in another there may be few gum veins but past borer activity may be more prevalent. Therefore, this grade can be expected to have greater character than Select Grade, and contain an increased amount of gum vein, past borer activity, knots and natural discolouration.

High Feature Grade – providing for a floor that contains boards with similar features to Medium Feature - Standard Grade but where the length of features such as gum veins may be longer and past borer activity may be more frequent. Again depending on the species, features will vary and in some instances boards meeting high feature grade may only appear moderately featured.

It should be note that the difference in appearance between a Select Grade floor and a Medium Feature - Standard Grade can be quite significant whereas the difference in appearance between a Medium Feature - Standard Grade floor and a High Feature Grade floor can be quite small.

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