Rubberwood is the name given to lumber from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), which is a tree
producing latex which is then used to
produce natural rubber. Prior to W W
II, a vast forest area of rubber tree plantations, especially in the Amazon region,
were envisioned and planted to satisfy
the world’s growing demand for natural
rubber. But then, almost overnight, synthetic rubber was developed making the
rubber forests essentially obsolete.
Today, with natural rubber being
in more demand, Malaysia, Thailand
and Indonesia grow most of the trees
(covering 9 million acres), produce
most of the natural rubber, and have
the largest supplies of lumber.
Rubberwood is classified as a
medium density hardwood (hardwood
means leaf bearing). It has many
drawback is the amount of warp that
can sometimes occur in drying.