Black Palm // Borassus flabellifer

Black Palm lumber wood, Borassus flabellifer lumber for woodworking
"Has a medium texture, but it is not uniform. The woody material comes from the outer layer of the tree, rendering the pieces usually rather small. It's prone to splintering when working with the material, so use caution."
color of Black Palm
Color Range
Black and cream or white, typically in a unique interlocked pattern that's visually reminiscent to television static
other names for Black Palm
Other Names
Black Palm, Palmyra Palm, coconut
uses for Black Palm
Some Typical Uses
Musical instruments, decorative turnings, handles, inlay
the Black Palm tree
What's the Tree Like?
A tall, narrow tree commonly thought of as a coconut tree. Can be up to 100 feet tall, but just 2' feet in diameter. Black palm trees are just about the opposite of hardwood trees. It's a monocotyledon without growth rings, and the center of the tree is soft, punky and watery. The woody material is actually extracted from the outer layer of the tree.
Black Palm grows in Southeast Asia
map of where Black Palm grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
41.90% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
56.59% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
51.56% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 9/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Coarse 8/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 7/10
Red Oak