What Are Gum poles?

You may have heard the term gum poles before and be unsure as to what type of poles these are. So, let's cut to the chase to clear up the mystery. Gum poles are poles that are made from the Gum tree, the Blue gum to be more specific. It is the subspecies of the Eucalyptus globulus, it is an evergreen and originates from Australia. Typically, this tree can grow up to 55m high, but there is a subspecies called the Tasmanian Blue Gum that can reach heights of 90.7m.
It is a wood that is very easy to work with and can be used for a number of applications which is why many poles are made from this type of wood. It grows quickly and is adaptable to a number of climates it does particularly well in Mediterranean-type climates.

These gum poles are used in a number of applications but mostly in construction, as well as in the creation of furniture.

Before being treated with a preservative, gum poles must be air dried, this will guarantee that the wood will be more resistant and last longer. Remember when purchasing gum poles that you can choose whether you wish to purchase gum poles that have been treated or not. At Timber Max, we will be able to provide you with many options at different price ranges.

When shopping for gum poles Timber Max ensures you that our gum poles meets the correct requirements and up to date standards. They should be straight and have the correct diameter class. All Timber Max's gum poles have the proper certifications, please do not hesitate to contact us regarding our gum poles certificates and the correct size and diameter.


Timber Max supply CCA treated approved gum poles. CCA is an acronym for Copper, Chrome and Arsenic– which is what the treatment mixtures consists of. The Copper and Chrome compounds in the mixture make the gum poles weather resistant and the Arsenic guarantees that no timber-eating insects damages the poles.
Our gum poles are treated with CCA to level H4. In accordance with SAWPA (South African Wood Preservers Association), H4 treated poles are more than sufficient to be used for High Hazard – ground contact needs. These poles are ideal for agricultural posts, landscaping, structures, decking and bridges. All poles are supplied with end plates to limit end splits and cracking.