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The Origin Of Lychee Wood

The Origin Of Lychee Wood  

Lychee wood is a type of hardwood that comes from the evergreen lychee tree or Litchi chinensis, a slow-growing evergreen monoecious tree with a dense, wide crown that can reach a height of between 9 meters to 30 meters. Lychee tree is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, native of Southern China and Southeastern Asia. Lychee tree has been widely cultivated for its prized fruits for more than two millennia. Cultivation of lychee began in the region of southern China, going back to 1059 AD, Malaysia, and northern Vietnam. Unofficial records in China refer to lychee as far back as 2000 BC. The fruit was used as a delicacy in the Chinese Imperial Court. It was described and named by French naturalist Pierre Sonnerat in his account “Voyage aux Indes orientales et à la Chine, fait depuis 1774 jusqu’à 1781” which translate into “Voyage to the East Indies and China, made between 1774 and 1781”. The Lychee is a long-lived tree related to the Nephelium lappaceum (Rambutan), Dimocarpus longan (Longan) , Nephelium mutabile (Pulusan) and Nephelium malaiense (Mata Kuching) fruit trees. It is widely known as litchi and regionally as lichi, lichee, laichi. Plantation lychee trees don’t grow too big, they are usually saucer size diameter. Because of the year rings are so tight, a tree trunk with the size suitable for making a small console table is at least 50 years old. The trunk of the tree is usually short and with branches that are often crooked and twisted. It is extremely rare to find a wild lychee tree that is suitable for a single wood slab dining table size.

Lychee wood is a type of hardwood that has a natural lovely reddish brown wood tone with crisscrossed wood grains that is usually referred as tiger skin pattern or mountain pattern. There is not much difference between the sapwood and heartwood of Lychee wood. The wood is incredibly dense, hard and durable. Lychee wood has good rot resistance and good anti-termite properties. Due to these wood properties, Lychee wood is considered suitable for outdoor furniture or to be use for public places that requires solid wood material that has water resistance and anti-corrosion properties. The wood is usually used in furniture crafting, antique furniture, wood carvings and railway sleepers. Lychee wood is also considered as a good material for ‘feng shui’ by some due to Lychee homonym is “inspirational” and reddish wood tone that symbolizes good luck.

Premium Lychee Wood Furniture  

MOOKA provide top quality grade, kiln-dried Lychee wood furniture in China which only require basic wood care using only water and diluted hand soap solution to clean and maintain the finish surface top of the furniture. Every piece of Lychee wood slab is unique and different in terms of grains and shapes. Each Lychee wood furniture piece is customisable and hand-crafted from the beginning to the end to suit your needs, unlike mass-manufactured furniture product. Apart from our stockpile, our clients will be spoiled for choice when selecting from our stockpile in our warehouse. Our popular Lychee wood furniture includes Lychee wood dining table, Lychee wood bench and Lychee wood stool.


Luxury lychee Wood river table  

MOOKA developed every luxury quality river table made of lycheewood with resin in 2017, turns out very popular by lots of clients who is seeking for the natural beauty and modern looking. The reddish color wood give it en elegant feature and significant differences than other wood. Can be custom made in any sizes, please contact us for more details.

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