ORIGIN: Tembusu, our national tree, is native to Singapore & featured on the $5 note.
Tembusu wood is extremely hard, naturally resistant to bacteria & insects, and has been the preferred wood for hawkers and chefs around the region for heavy chopping and food preparation
COLOR: A rich palette of golden blonde
SCENT: fresh tomatoes & basil when first cut
ORIGIN: Angsana, aka Narra, is the national tree of the Philippines. Cutting is now prohibited there due to its endangered status.
Angsana was widely planted in Singapore because it grows quickly, transplants well & is resistant to termites.
COLOR: Most Angsana wood from Singapore is golden colored with occasional brilliant streaks of orange & red.
SCENT: sandalwood when freshly cut
ORIGIN: The Kaya genus comprises 7 species collectively known as African Mahogany.
During the 1960s, the tree was widely planted in Singapore because it grows quickly, can withstand urban environments, and its canopy is a great source of shade.
Unfortunately, African Mahogany is now endangered in its native West Africa.
COLOR: The wood is prized for its lustrous golden-red to dark-brown colouring, and used in fine furniture and musical instruments world-wide.
ORIGIN: Rain Tree is the largest tree in Singapore. Fortunately, the tree is fast growing & not endangered.
ORIGIN: A native of Central America, the tree was introduced in the late 1800s, and planted for shade at nutmeg & coffee plantations here.
Ferns & orchids can be seen growing on the bark of Rain Trees throughout Singapore.
COLOR: From caramel colour, to rich dark-chocolate hued browns that are often seen in Walnut wood. The interlocking grains can lead to spectacular flame-like patterns