Scientific Name: Intsia bijuga (Colebr.) Kuntze

Family Name: Fabaceae


The Ipil Tree, also known as Merbau, is highly valued for its hardwood for its durability, termite-resistant property, and distinctive reddish-brown color. It is often used in the construction of outdoor decking, flooring, and furniture.

Local communities have used various parts of the Ipil tree for traditional purposes, like for boat building, tools, and even in traditional medicine.

Ipil trees are well-suited to be planted in coastal area because they are able to tolerate saline conditoins. This property of the Ipil Tree allows them to thrive in environments where many other plants might struggle.