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Rubberwood Guide
发布时间: 2021-03-01 09:08:10 点击次数:18

Rubberwood is a light-colored medium-density tropical hardwood obtained from the
Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), usually from trees grown in rubber plantations.
Rubberwood is commonly credited as an "environmentally friendly" wood, as it makes
use of plantation trees that have already served a useful function, producing latex.

Although it had been used on a small scale before, its use for furniture making became
much more common in the late 20th and early 21st century with the development of
chemical treatments to protect the wood against fungal and insect attacks. The new
and modern wood-processing technologies made it possible to develop rubberwood
into economical wooden materials, and nowadays it is widely used in furniture, floors,
skirting, stairs, cutting boards, chipboards, wood-core boards, etc.
There are extensive rubber plantations with mature trees, especially in southeast Asia
and south Asia, including Sri Lanka; the earlier practice was to burn the tree at the end
of its latex-producing cycle, or simply use the felled rubber trees as firewood .
Currently, rubber plantation trees are generally harvested for wood after they complete
the latex producing cycle, when they are 25 to 30 years old. When the latex yields
become extremely low, the trees are then felled, and new trees are usually planted.

This makes rubberwood “eco-friendly” in that the wood is harvested from a renewable
source.