Balau

Balau

Balau

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Balau

The Tree
The tree may be up to 45m to 60m tall and 1m to 2m in diameter above the base.

The Timber
Selangan batu is a yellowish-brown timber with interlocked grain, and a coarse, but even texture. According to species, durable to very durable. Balau is a yellowish-brown, brown, or reddish-brown timber vvith interlocked grain, and a moderately fine and even texture. It is classified in Malaysia as being very durable. Red balau is a purplish-red or dark red-brown timber, with an interlocked grain, and a coarse but even texture. It is classified in Malaysia as being less durable than balau, ie moderately durable. Red selangan batu (Sabah), and alan, or meraka alan (Saravvak and Brunei) are approximately equal in colour and characteristics to red balau.

Drying
Difficult to dry, slow drying with a tendency to end split, warping is variable.

Strength
All the species mentioned have hard, heavy and strong timbers with strength properties similar to those of greenheart.

Working Qualities
Usually is a hard to work timber because of its density.

Latin Name
Shorea spp, Shorea atrinervosa, Shorea elliptica, Shorea foxworthyi, Shorea glauca, Shorea laevis, Shorea maxwelliana, Shorea submontana, Shorea guiso, Shorea kunstleri, Shorea collina, Shorea ochrophloia

Also known as
Yellow balau, red balau

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely difficult, Moderately easy (Sapwood)

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Medium

Origin
Malaysia