Rubberwood (Hevea Brasiliensis)
Rubberwood or Hévéa Brasiliensis is the timber from the Rubber tree (or Hévéa tree). The Rubberwood tree, originally from South America, nowadays is a plantation tree appearing a lot in Southeast Asia.
After 5 years the young Rubberwood trees are ready for latex harvesting. During approximately 25 years latex, the most important raw material for the production of rubber, is tapped from the Rubberwood tree.
Until the late 1980's the wood of the Rubberwood tree, after having served its purpose as latex producer, was simply burnt as fuel wood.
Relatively recently it was discovered that the timber after being pressure treated before kiln drying was resistant to decay.