Marri is distinctive bloodwood native to WA. it is an adaptable tree that grows in both jarrah and karri forests in the state’s southwest, from north of Geraldton to Cape Richie and inland beyond Narrogin, and can also be found on the Swan Coastal Plain and Darling Scarp.
Marri is often called red gum due to gummy red protrusions often seen on its trunk. As the name suggest, the timber is high in gum, resulting in low recovery rates of first grade timber. In the past, few timber millers produced it, however Marri’s feature grain has become more popular in recent times for making fine, handcrafted furniture.
The dark red gum of the Marri tree contrasts beautiful with the yellow pale brown heartwood, while the 40mm wide sapwood is noticeably paler and often tending to white. Marri has a rather coarse but even texture with slightly interlocked grain. Gum veins are common and logs are generally sound to centre.
Marri timber is increasingly used for modern household furniture. The finished honey-coloured timber with a distinctive vein structure makes handsome flooring. It can also be used for general construction, handles, oars and sporting equipment, while preservative-treated material is useful for piles, poles and posts.