Eucalyptus is a genus of over seven hundred species of flowering trees, shrubs or mallees in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Along with several other genera in the tribe Eucalypteae, they are commonly known as Eucalypts. Plants in the genus Eucalyptus have bark that is either smooth, fibrous, hard or stringy and leaves with oil glands.
Tui Creek Wood Products manufactures products from two locally grown Eucalypt species:
Eucalyptus saligna, commonly known as the Sydney blue gum or blue gum, is a species of medium-sized to tall tree that is endemic to eastern Australia. It is also widely planted in New Zealand. Saligna is popular for use in flooring and furniture because of its rich dark red colour woodgrain.
Eucalyptus fastigata, commonly known as from the blonde or Ash eucalypts, is a species of medium-sized to tall tree that is endemic to southeastern Australia. It is also found in New Zealand.
Both species produce timber that is very heavy, very hard wearing, coarse and even textured. Uses include furniture, joinery, sliced veneer, paneling, benchtops, chef's blocks, flooring, laminated beams and decking.