Kwila (Merbau)

Kwila heartwood is yellow-brown to dark red-brown in colour. The texture is moderately coarse and grain may be straight or slightly interlocked. Yellow and dark coloured deposits are common feature of the wood.  It is non-siliceous, sometimes lustrous.  Timber ‘bleeds’ when wet.


  • Botanical Name: Intsia bijuga, Intsia palembanica
  • Country of origin: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
  • Density: 870kg/m3
  • Durability: Very Durable
  • Shrinkage: Low
  • Care needed when machining. Staining and polishing.


  • Interior joinery
  • decking
  • flooring
  • exterior joinery
  • construction
  • furniture