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Bangkal Tree: All You Need To Know

Bangkal Tree: All You Need To Know

Agroforestry
Welcome to the beautiful world of the Bangkal Tree! If you’ve never heard of this magnificent tree, get ready to be amazed. With its towering presence and impressive features, the Bangkal is a true gem in the botanical realm. In this blog post, we'll delve into all things Bangkal, from its scientific name to its habitat, from its uses to conservation efforts. So please sit back, relax, and let’s embark on a journey to discover everything there is to know about the majestic Bangkal tree. What is Bangkal Tree The scientific name of the Bangkal is  Nauclea orientalis. It is a medium-sized to large tree, growing up to 30 meters in height and 1 meter in diameter. It has a dense, spreading crown and dark brown bark. The leaves are simple, ovate-lanceolate, glossy green on the upper surface ...
5 Fast-growing Trees in the Philippines with High Economic Value

5 Fast-growing Trees in the Philippines with High Economic Value

Agroforestry
Due to the increasing shortage of native lumber, people are starting to plant forest trees, but choosing what fast-growing trees to plan can be challenging. If you plan to plant trees to have lumber in the future or to use it in furniture, we list five fast-growing trees here to provide you with several options. When we say fast-growing trees, we are talking about trees that can be harvested within five to ten years. This list is limited only to forest tree species. You may also visit our list of profitable fruit trees to plant. Five Fast-growing Trees in the Philippines to Plant 1. Gmelina Arborea Gmelina is undoubtedly the number one choice of most people who plant trees for lumber. When properly managed, it can be harvested as early as five years. Gmemilina is also the most sustai...
6 Best Trees for Flood Control

6 Best Trees for Flood Control

Agroforestry
Flood control is one of the major natural challenges every country faces, and the Philippines is no exception. Floods in the Philippines are one of the biggest contributors to human death during the typhoon and rainy seasons.  Although proper drainage and waste management are essential to mitigate flooding, especially in urban areas, vegetation is needed in rural areas to slow down the water coming from the mountains. In this article, we are going to give you lists of trees that can be planted to help slow, if not eliminate, the flooding. These tree species can not only slow down the water but also be a source of income, even if you cut them down. Flood Control Trees to Plant 1. Bamboo Bamboo excels in flood control due to its unique characteristics: Fast-Growing: Ba...
Why Agroforestry is Important in the Philippines

Why Agroforestry is Important in the Philippines

Agroforestry
Agroforestry offers a sustainable solution to restore and preserve the country's environment while providing economic opportunities for local communities. In this blog post, we'll explore why agroforestry is essential in the Philippines, how it can create jobs and livelihoods, mitigate climate change effects like floods, and highlight ten native trees perfect for planting in your backyard. The Philippines is known for its lush forests and diverse wildlife, but over the years, deforestation has taken a toll on these natural resources. So get ready to discover how agroforestry can contribute to sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation in the beautiful Philippines archipelago! The role of agroforestry in forest restoration Agroforestry plays a crucial role in forest restora...
Bamboo Farming and Production in the Philippines

Bamboo Farming and Production in the Philippines

Agroforestry
Not many people realize how profitable bamboo farming is, but this article will explain everything related to bamboo production. Bamboo, a versatile and sustainable crop, has been gaining popularity recently. It is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials and has numerous uses in furniture making, handicrafts, and even food production. Bamboo farming is becoming increasingly popular in the Philippines due to its high yield potential and low maintenance requirements. In this blog post, we will explore the status of the bamboo industry in the country and best practices for successful bamboo farming and production. Join us on this journey through one of the most exciting agricultural ventures – sustainable bamboo farming! Status of the Bamboo Industry in the Philippin...
Narra Tree: All You Need to Know

Narra Tree: All You Need to Know

Agroforestry
The Narra tree is a majestic hardwood that has been revered for centuries, not only for its beauty but also for its remarkable characteristics. With its rich golden color and intricate grain patterns, it's no wonder that Narra is one of the most sought-after woods in the world. However, this precious resource is becoming increasingly scarce due to over-harvesting and deforestation. In this blog post, we will explore the unique features of the narra tree and why it commands such high prices in the market. We'll also examine sustainable agriculture practices around narra trees and how farmers can benefit from planting them on their land. So come along as we delve into the fascinating world of Narra! Narra Tree Description and Characteristics Narra, also known as Pterocarpus indicus, is a l...
Almaciga Tree: All You Need To Know

Almaciga Tree: All You Need To Know

Agroforestry
Do you know that a tree in the Philippines has been treasured for centuries? This tree is known as the almaciga, and it holds such high value that it has become an integral part of Philippine culture. Every part of this magnificent tree serves a purpose, from its resin to its wood. Its potential applications are numerous, ranging from medicinal use to construction purposes. In this blog post, we will explore everything about the almaciga tree: its status, uses, production process, and sustainable consumption practices. So buckle up and discover what makes this tree so special! What is Almaciga The almaciga tree, also known as the Philippine Dammar or Agathis philippinensis, is an evergreen coniferous tree that grows in the Philippines. It belongs to the family Araucariaceae and can grow ...
Why is Magkono Wood so Popular?

Why is Magkono Wood so Popular?

Agroforestry
In a world where sustainability and environmental consciousness are becoming increasingly important, the magkono tree has gained significant attention for its remarkable durability and versatility. Known as the Iron Wood or Philippine Ebony, it is no surprise that this native tree of the Philippines has become an essential part of sustainable agriculture. With unparalleled strength and beauty, Magkono wood has captured the hearts of many artisans, builders, and designers worldwide. So why exactly is magkono wood so popular? Let's dive into its unique characteristics to find out! What is Magkono Tree Magkono tree, also sometimes spelled magkuno, commonly known as Ironwood or Philippine Ebony, is a native species of the Philippines. It is widely recognized for its remarkable durability and...
Apitong Tree: All You Need to Know

Apitong Tree: All You Need to Know

Agroforestry
The Apitong tree, also known as the Philippine Mahogany, is one of the most sought-after trees in the timber industry. With its remarkable strength and durability, this forest giant has been used for various applications ranging from heavy-duty vehicle flooring to high-end furniture. But what makes it so expensive? Is planting Apitong profitable? And what are some of the alternatives available? In this blog post, we’ll look at everything you need to know about this magnificent hardwood tree – from its description and characteristics to its conservation status and more! Apitong Tree Description and Characteristics (scientific name) The Apitong tree, scientifically known as Dipterocarpus grandiflorus, is a towering hardwood tree native to Southeast Asia. It can grow up to 60 meters tall an...
Molave Tree: All You Need to Know

Molave Tree: All You Need to Know

Agroforestry
If you're a fan of hardwood trees, then the Molave tree, also known as Mulawin in the Philippines, should be on your radar. It has impressive characteristics and uses, and its conservation status is also important to consider. In this article, we'll delve into all things Molave - from its description and applications to why it's so expensive and whether planting it can be profitable. So grab a seat and get ready to learn about the fascinating world of the Molave tree! Molave Tree Description and Characteristics The Molave tree, scientifically known as Vitex parviflora, is a slow-growing hardwood species native to Southeast Asia. It's called Mulawin in the Philippines and has been an essential part of Filipino culture for centuries. This tree can grow up to 30 meters tall with a diamet...