Empress Lumber is a light, strong hardwood that is known as the “aluminum of lumber”. Its high growth rate, carbon sequestration and soil enhancing properties make it an ideal eco-timber, appealing to green consumers looking for environmentally friendly alternatives.
Empress trees produce a blond timber with a long straight grain, which air dries quickly with low shrinkage and does not easily warp, crack or deform. Wood density is very low, making it one of the lightest timbers available on the market. Its commercial importance is due to high strength to weight ratio, excellent insulating properties, and resistance to rot and warping.
In addition to architectural applications, this combination of attributes makes it ideal for the boating, surfboard, and paddle board industries.
Empress wood is also used in the production of musical instruments, furniture, windows, doors, venetian blinds, and crown molding.
It can be peeled as veneer to a 1/32 of an inch thickness.