Hardwood properties choi wood asian
Choi is another name for the Pandanus tree, an Asian fruiting tree commonly known as screw-pine based on its twisting, spreading corkscrew branches. The wood of the male Pandanus tree is hard enough to use for construction and furniture, and has several qualities that make it ideal as a mantel and decorative fireplace surround. Choi is the lightest of the Pandanus cultivars -- the wood is light yellow, fine-grained and absorbs stain evenly. Cabinetmakers have compared Choi hardwood to American white oak, which has many of the same desirable features. Screw-pine wood is sold as complete fireplace frames or as mantel shelves only, and may be stained any color from dark walnut to rich fruitwood or cherry, whitewashed or painted to match the fireplace surround. In the Pacific Islands and Asian coastal forests where the wood is harvested, two cultivars are called choi.