Indian Laurel » Terminalia elliptica

Why Indian Laurel?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics


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 The Indian Laurel tree grows in Southeast Asia, Latin America
map of where this wood 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)

Woodworking with Indian Laurel:

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak