A representative broadleaf tree in Japan with strength, durability and beautiful dynamic wood grain.

A representative broadleaf tree in Japan with strength, durability and beautiful dynamic wood grain
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Zelkova of the family Ulmaceae with ring‐porous wood.
The wood is heavy and hard, has excellent moisture resistance and durability.
However, a long drying period is required to stabilize warping and deformation of the wood.
Due to its decay durability and beautiful wood grain, the wood has been traditionally used as a material in a wide variety of areas including buildings, furniture, fixtures, and finish carpentry. This representative broadleaf tree of Japan has been valued especially for temple/shrine buildings and the central pillars of farm houses.

Features

  • Heavy and hard wood

    Strong, little warping, and highly practical. Although this wood is very hard, processing is not too difficult. It is used for a wide variety of purposes, and is used everywhere as a building material.

    Usages
    • Building materials
    • Equipment
    • Furniture
  • Decay durability

    The wood is strong, exhibits less warping, and has an excellent decay durability. Many Buddhist statues made of Zelkova still remain today; high-quality Zelkova wood maintains its soundness after many years.

    Usages
    • Building materials of temples and shrines
    • Central pillars
    • Ships
  • Beautiful wood grain and gloss

    The wood grain is bold and beautiful. Hibachi braziers, low dining tables, tea cabinets, and family Buddhist altars made of zelkova are considered as the finest quality.

    Usages
    • Low tables
    • Tables
    • Counter tops