Tepa Wood

Technical data and general information of Tepa Wood.

Tepa Wood Description

It has a straight trunk and cylindrical, which can reach 1 m in diameter, with heights 30 m. It is very similar to the laurel, differing from it by its branches pendants. Its leaves are serrated, arranged in opposite twigs and oblong shape leathery texture. When broken leaves, stems pleasant and characteristic odor. its wood is of good quality and easy to work. Freshly cut wood has drawback to expel a foul smelling. It stains easily, which makes their marketing.

Tepa Tree
Tepa Tree

Taxonomic Classification

Scientific Name:
Laureliopsis Philippiana



Chilean Name:

Habitat of Tepa Trees

The tepa is distributed between both ranges Cautín and Llanquihue, always on 500 m.s.n.m. From Llanquihue Chiloe can be found at sea level. requires deep soils and is often associated with coigüe, Tineo, Ulmo, cinnamon, peanuts and ciruelillo.

Tepa Wood Properties

Color Coffee Rosacea
Knots Normally healthy, firm, dark brown
Growth Ring Visible Soon
Fiber Right, except close to the bone rings
Texture Thick
Odor Slightly Resinous
Nominal Density 450 kg/m 3
Contraction From the green state at 0% moisture content
Tangential 7,0%
Radial 4,2%
Volumetric 11,2%
Permeability Treatable sapwood and heartwood retention. 240 kg .m 3

Uses or Applications of Tepa Wood

Tepa Wood is used in the Manufacture of:

  • Furniture
  • Plywood and chipboard
  • Pallets
  • Packaging

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