Trade Names: Red Gum, Satin Walnut
Country of origin: Southeastern USA
Occurrence: From southern Connecticut through central Florida to eastern Texas. Tree up to 30 m tall and can reach 90 cm in diameter. A common species in its growing region, second only to oaks in consumption among American hardwoods.
Uses: Very common wood for furniture in the USA, veneered or solid. Little known in Europe as veneer, rarely used in interior finishes in the form shown.
Character: The sapwood is cream-colored and relatively uniform, the heartwood of reddish to dark brown tones, which may alternate within a log to produce a beautiful marble effect. The tangential surfaces of the wood, which is similar to walnut, show delicate but nevertheless solid veining, and the radial surfaces show the same kind of streaks. Sometimes there are also flamed decors. The sapwood and heartwood processed together can be extraordinarily decorative. The wood is characterized by an irregular grain, a fine, even texture and a silky luster.
Special Features: Red Gum wood not only looks beautiful, it also has a subtle vanilla scent.