Scientific Name:

Parashorea spp. (Family: Dipterocarpaceae)  

General Description:

A light hardwood, Three species are found in Peninsular Malaysia, but only two species are widely distributed. Trees of Gerutu are usually large with clear bole to good height.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 640 - 880 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: rose coloured to reddish-brown, usually rather dull
  • Sapwood: distinct, light yellow-brown

Spot Characters:

  • vertical resin canals in long tangential series filled with white resin
  • large vessels, predominantly solitary and oblique in arrangement
  • parenchyma aliform


The timber is suitable for light to medium construction under cover, panelling and partitioning, utility furniture manufacture, strip flooring, veneer for plywood manufacture, pallets, boxes and crates. The timber has been promoted recently as a suitable timber for the production of laminated scantling for door and window frames manufactured in Europe.