Scientific Name:

 Albizia splendens (syn.: Pithecellobium splendens) (Family: Leguminosae)  

General Description:

Light Hardwood, Vernacular name for the timber is kungkur throughout the country.   

Timber Description:

  • Density: 465-850 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: light red-brown and darkens on exposure to a deep shade of brown
  • Sapwood: white or light brown in colour

Spot Characters:

  • moderately durable under exposed conditions and the sapwood is highly susceptible to powder-post beetle attacks
  • texture is moderately coarse but even, with slightly interlocked and sometimes wavy grain
  • nailing property is rated as good


The timber is suitable for furniture manufacture, high-class cabinet work, interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, partitioning, carving, ornamental items, posts, beams, joists, rafters, railway sleepers, door and window frames and sills, plywood, staircase (angle blocks, rough brackets and balustrades) and flooring.