1 | Kamagong
One of the most beautiful types of wood, kamagong, is known for its color that ranges from dark brown to a deep black. It is known for its hardness and resistance to impact, and is one of the rarest and most expensive woods locally because of its commercial unavailability. This is due to the fact that kamagong is an endangered tree species and is protected by Philippine law.
2 | Yakal
Shorea astylosa or yakal reaches heights of about 25-30 meters when mature, and is commonly found in low altitude forests in Quezon, Camarines, Zamboanga, and Davao. This type of wood is mostly used for construction because of its strength and ability to withstand pressure or damage.
3 | Tanguile
Although not considered as real mahogany because of its wavy grain and coarse texture, Shorea polysperma or tanguile is popularly known as Philippine mahogany. It has a beautiful, reddish sheen that stands out when used on doors, cabinetry, and furniture pieces.
4 | Narra
Considered our national tree, narra is known for its sturdiness and resistance to termites and decay. While it is often yellowish to purplish in color, it can be stained in a variety of finishes for use in furniture and accessories, and as a furnishing material for interiors.
5 | Molave
Molave or tugas, is valued for its strong and durable yet finely textured wood. Mature trees can reach a height of 15 meters, but they have become increasingly rare due to over-harvesting and excessive logging. Like the kamagong, the molave is also on the list of endangered trees.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving Magazine’s June 2018 issue. Edits were made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com
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