Tallowwood, officially known as eucalyptus microcorys, is a standing tree that has a rough, fibrous almost string-like bark on the trunk and branches.
Tallowwood trees are usually found growing on the coast of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. It mainly grows in open forest lands, particularly from Fraser Island in Queensland all the way south to Cooranbong in New South Wales, and as far inland as Toowoomba.
It typically grows to a height of 40-60 metres tall, with some making it to 70 metres tall.
Tallowwood is known for being free from the appearance of gum veins, which is unusual for a eucalyptus species. This makes this beautiful wood much sought after for its aesthetic appeal.
Tallowwood timber has been used for numerous applications such as bearings, mallet heads, wheel spokes, mauls, tool handles as well as engineering applications such as bridge and wharf construction, railway sleepers, poles, cross-arms, and mining timbers. Constructional uses can include framing, dressed timber cladding, internal and external flooring, linings and joiner, fencing, landscaping, and retaining walls. Tallowwood also has decorative uses such as indoor and outdoor furniture.
With a Janka rating of 8.6, it is known for being relatively easy to work, particularly when using hand tools, due to its natural greasiness. Tallowwood timber also machines and turns well, accepts all paints, stains and polishes, and holds up exceptionally well to pre-drilling for screwing and nailing.
Tallowwood timber is extremely durable, with a life expectancy of between 25 and 40 years, in both in-ground and above-ground applications.
Tallowwood in Flooring
Tallowwood is an extremely resilient timber that is resistant to moisture, insects and decay. With a dense grain structure and a beautiful finish, Tallowwood is a striking choice for floors. The warmth, strength and beauty of Tallowwood flooring ensures it is a timeless timber and a popular flooring option.
Tallowwood flooring has numerous advantages, such as being a healthy and natural, easy-to-clean timber that will not trap dirt and allergens. Due to its greasiness, it is highly resistant to dampness which makes it the ideal flooring choice for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Its moderately-coarse texture offers durability in harsh conditions.
Tallowwood is a great option if you are looking for flooring that will flow seamlessly from indoors to a decking area. Matching wood types can help make your outdoor area seem like an extension of your home and also creates the illusion of more space.
We recommend cleaning Tallowwood flooring with a dust mop, soft bristled room, vacuum cleaner, or a wood floor mop kit. Never use a wet mop or a steam mop as excess water can seep between the boards and cause damage. It is also highly regarded not to use wax, oil, soap or any abrasive cleaners on Tallowwood flooring to maintain optimum quality.
At Back To Timber, we offer a huge variety of Tallowwood timber flooring options. Check out some of our favourites below.
If you have questions about these products or any other flooring products, please contact our friendly team. We’d love to hear from you!