What Is a Molave Tree?

The molave tree, also known by the scientific name Vitex parviflora, is a plant species of the Verbenaceae family. This tree is commonly found in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The molave tree is a medium to large tree that can grow up to 30 meters in height.

The molave tree has become recognized for its strong and durable wood. The molave has some of the hardest wood used for bridges, railroad ties and ship building. Although the tree can be found in various locations, use of the molave has become widespread in the Philippines. However, excessive logging has made the tree rare in the wild. The bark and wood have curative qualities for poisonous bites and wounds.