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 Malaysia with some occurrence in Burma and Indonesia and are
found in lowland swamp and mixed forest areas. After fruiting in the early
stages of their growth they reach a height of about 50 metres.
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.
In Australia it has been accepted as a reasonably priced alternative to Australian Red Cedar because of the colour and so is used for interior joinery, mouldings and light furniture.