What Is the Philippine Narra Tree?

The Philippine narra tree is Pterocarpus indicus, a large deciduous tree that is native to northern Australia, southeastern Asia and islands in the western Pacific. The narra tree is the national tree of the Philippines.

The hardwood of the narra tree is red with a sweet rose scent and good termite resistance, and it is often used for cabinets, furniture and musical instruments. The wood is durable in seawater, making it an important material for building canoes and paddles. The resin produced by the narra tree is used as a remedy for sores and tumors in the mouth.

Other names for the Philippine narra tree include amboyna, Malay padauk, red sandalwood, Burmese rosewood or New Guinea rosewood.