Indian Laurel lumber wood, Terminalia elliptica lumber for woodworking

Indian Laurel // Terminalia elliptica

An exqusite wood that resembles American black walnut in color and texture, but showcases relatively straight grain. Expect irregular dark stripes among a medium-dark tan to gray color.
color of Indian Laurel
Color Range
The wood offers a variety of dark color and irregular stripes of light tan, gray, dark brown to nearly black. Sometimes resembles American black walnut
other names for Indian Laurel
Other Names
Chasemiich, Chieu lieu, Esemi, Kil, Kung, Nargusta, Tilautaea, Indian Laurelwood
uses for Indian Laurel
Some Typical Uses
Veneer, decorative woodwork, turnings, handles, furniture
the Indian Laurel tree
What's the Tree Like?
A majestic tree that matures around 100 feet tall and approximately 30" diameter
Indian Laurel grows in Southeast Asia, Latin America
map of where Indian Laurel grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
20.11% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
81.40% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
28.12% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak