Keyaki quarter cut veneer heartwood is golden yellow with light to dark brown streaks. This wood veneer is lustrous, and has straight to irregular and wavy grain.
Common Uses: Aircraft, architectural panels, cabinetry, doors, inlay, flooring and furniture, as well as both boat and yacht building.
Other Name(s): Japanese Elm, Japanese Zelkova.
The Tree: Native to Japan, China, Korea and Russia. Keyaki typically grows between 50-90 feet with a trunk diameter of about 2 feet.
A Little History: Keyaki trees are known for their vase shapes and attractive bark. They are good shade trees and often seen in parks. Often used in bonsai; also used to make Taiko – a type of Japanese drum.