Kamagong Wood Tree (Diospyros blancoi) 1. One of the country’s hardest woods. 2. Deep roots make it an effective windbreak. 3. Native to the Philippines.
Kamagong varies in form, from a small tree, with drooping branches, to an erect, straight tree that grows from 18 to 33 meters high.
Its edible fruit known as “Velvet Apple,” is often borne in pairs, close together, on opposite sides of a branch, and are characterized by brown, yellow, orange, or purple-red skin, densely coated with short, gloden-brown hair, capped at the base with a dull-green, stiff calyx.
The tree is also the source of a valuable timber that is used locally and traded as wood carvings. It is indigenous to the low and medium altitude forests of the Philippines, and is commonly cultivated for its fruit, and as s shade tree for roadsides.
Kamagong’s conservation status is vulnerable. (DAO 2017-11)