Surian Cedar (Red Timber)

Botanical name(s): Toona Calantas syn. Cedrela Calantas. Family: Meliaceae Surian (Indonesia, Malaysia), Kalantas, Limpaga, New Guinea Cedar

A medium to large softwood attaining 40 m in height, with grey to grey-brown bark, which is shed in thin patches. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Equivalent to the Red Cedar of Australia.

It’s apperance is light red to red-brown, sapwood is pink-grey. It’s easy to work and very highly valued. It was used extensively for furniture, wood panelling and construction, including shipbuilding, and was referred to as “Red Gold” by Australian settlers.

Durability above ground is Class 2.

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