Did you know that there are more than 700 species of eucalyptus found in Australia? These flowering trees and shrubs are the largest in the world and grow across the country – high on mountains, in swamps and even in the desert.
As a result of their durability, the different species of eucalyptus are used in a range of applications including flooring. One great example is Eucalyptus marginata, also known as Jarrah. At Sydney Flooring, this dark brownish-red timber is a popular choice among our customers. In this article, read more about the source of Jarrah and where it can add value to your home.
Western Australia – home of Jarrah
Jarrah grows primarily in the southwest corner of Western Australia from Perth to Albany. It is found in areas of heavy rainfall (more than 600 mm) and in soil that is rich in ironstone. While this might seem particular, this environment is spread right across the state and Jarrah grows well.
And as for the metrics, Jarrah certainly stacks up. Capable of growing up to 40 metres tall with a trunk of at least 3 metres high, it is easy pick out Jarrah among the bushland.
Jarrah bark is also simple to spot. The rough, greyish stringybark sheds in long flat strips, giving a patchy complexion to the trunk.
From a cultural perspective, it is important to talk about the name 'Jarrah'. This was the term coined by the local Aboriginal people who also call the tree a number of other names including Cherring, Yarrah and Jarril. As Jarrah has been growing in Australia for thousands of years, the tree has been used for many different applications by local Aboriginals.
What does Jarrah timber look like?
As referred to above, Jarrah offers a unique dark brownish-red look that stands out from other hardwood flooring – reflecting the unique landscape of Western Australia. Jarrah usually has a straight grain, but can also be wavy or interlocked – adding some variety to the final finish. Additionally, there could be gum veins or pockets that complement the look that you are going for in your home.
When you're considering whether to use Jarrah as a flooring solution, you must think about three core elements – versatility, durability and strength. The natural properties of Jarrah mean it is highly resistant to everything from weather and rot to termites and fire. This mean that it will be great in your kitchen as well as a decking option outside!
How to look after a Jarrah timber floor?
If you have a Jarrah timber floor in your home, you will want it to stand the test of time. Of course, structurally it will, but you can also apply different finishes to the surface to really maintain that shine.
Think about the impact of the sun on your Jarrah timber flooring.
One of the recommendations for maintaning Jarrah is an oil stain. These finishes are designed to protect that natural deep reddish-brown colour of Jarrah and ensure that your timber is always looking rich in tone.
Additionally, you will have to think about the impact of the sun on Jarrah timber flooring. As sunlight is absorbed by darker surfaces, there is the potential for your Jarrah timber flooring to either warp or fade as a result of long exposure to the sun. As such, you'll may need to use curtains or window coverings to protect the colour of the timber.
Jarrah is a timeless timber that works in homes across the Sydney region. If you would like to know more about the timber and how it could be used in your home, feel free to get in touch with our team today – we look forward to seeing you!