Coelostegia spp., Durio spp. & Neesia spp.
Durian is the
name given to the timber of a wide group of trees which are mostly cultivated
for their fruit and fibres. These large hardwoods are
native to mainland
The timber is generally easy to work although due to the variety of species some pieces may be difficult to finish. It dries quickly although again because of the many species some have a tendency to cup which can be overcome by weighting during the drying process, the timber takes nails and glues well and is a good veneer.
Heartwood is pinkish-brown, red-brown to deep red-brown with some of the species having an orange tinge. The sapwood is paler, generally a lighter brown but difficult to distinguish and is susceptible to lyctid borer. The texture is medium to coarse and uneven in some of the species, with the grain straight to slightly interlocked.
Durian is not a very widely used timber specie however in it's areas of occurrence it is used for light joinery, packing cases, tea chests, furniture, toy making and craft.
Durability: Class 3
Hardness Rating (average)