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 Posted: Sat Apr 26th, 2014 09:09 am
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Joined: Sun Sep 9th, 2007
Location: Australia
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A lot of gum ain't much good as construction stuff, with the hardwood gear being the exception. Often find it used for a few more smaller decorative things (some of the timber colours are quite beautiful), but I believe one of the main uses of gum trees was fuel, especially red gum. I understand a heap of gums were grown somewhere in the US with the intention of using them for railroad ties, but the trees didn't exactly grow straight enough to be useful!

Aside from the wood, the oil from the leaves is also harvested, and the koalas like to dine on them :)

Dan Pickard

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