Spotted Gum is a highly popular choice as it is mixed with a variance of colours. NSW Spotted Gum is known for its lighter colours and shades whilst showing back-sawn grain. It is easy to see why this would be the first choice for not only its look but also for its hardness and durability. Spotted gum is a large native hardwood that is grown in a variety of forest types along the NSW coastal strip into Queensland. The word “spotted” refers to large spot like features that form on the tree as it sheds its bark in strips.