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Jelutong (Dyera costulata)

Jelutong is an imported hardwood


Jelutong (Dyera costulata) is an important species in Malaysia where it is best known for its latex production in the manufacture of chewing gum rather than for its wood.


The wood is white or straw colored, and there is no differentiation between heartwood and sapwood. The texture is moderately fine and even. The grain is straight, and luster is low. The wood weighs about 465 kg/m3 (28 lb/ft3) at 12% moisture content. The wood is very easy to dry with little tendency to split or warp, but staining may cause trouble. It is easy to work in all operations, finishes well, and glues satisfactorily. The wood is rated as nondurable but readily permeable to preservatives.

Primary Uses

Because of its low density and ease of working, jelutong is well suited for sculpture and pattern making, wooden shoes, picture frames, and drawing boards.