Unlike other species, which may take up to 12 years to reach felling age, the Chavit Tree is ready for harvest in 5 years. In that period, it achieves a cubication of ± 1 m³ – 1.4 m³. The Chavit Tree may reach heights of 12 – 16 m, with a 5-year stalk diameter ± 30 – 35 cm.
Upon harvest after the first 5 years, the Chavit Tree grows again without need for replanting or replacement. This occurs for two more cycles, giving each tree a 15-year period of use, and providing a steady, sustainable, supply of lumber.
The Chavit Tree is easy to maintain, only requiring basic watering, supported by manure fertilizer when planting. The anti-insect properties of the bark prevent attack from termites. Pruning is necessary in order to obtain the optimum quality of the wood.
The Chavit Tree produces high-quality lumber that is straight, light, compact, and without holes.
The flexibility and hardiness of its lumber is superior to other species of trees which may grow more quickly, but are of lesser quality. The wood is ideal for furniture production.
The Chavit Tree can be used in its entirety, with 65% of the tree utilised for lumber, and the remaining 35% waste for pulp and plywood. The Chavit Tree also produces less sawdust during processing of lumber.
Seedlings are propagated in the Chavit Tree Project Corp. laboratory based in Pasig.
Top notch infrastructure and technology is employed to con- tinuously produce high-quality forest seedlings.
The nursery features a Germination House and Rooting Area; a Mother Plant House; and a Pro- duction House to progress the weaning of seedlings from the Rooting Area to polybags.
Seedlings are specially packaged to ensure maintenance of quality and ease of delivery.
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