The tree is native to southwestern Asia. In Pakistan it has been successfully planted in the Northern Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore.

The heartwood is indistinct from sapwood. The wood is white in color with yellow or reddish tinge. The wood is straight to curly-grained, medium-fine with uneven-texture.

The growth rings are distinct. The wood is diffuse porous. The vessel are small , numerous , uniform in size and evenly distributed; 7-88 / mm2 with 46-102 diameter. The tylosis are common. The axial parenchyma diffuse-in aggregate, narrow bands or lines up to 3 cells wide. The rays are broad, equidistant showing on the radial surface as a glossy, irregular and shinning silver-grain and found 1-3 /mm in cross section and 37.82-77.30 /mm2 in tangential section. The largest wood rays are in height 2719.49 µ (328 cells) and 225.2 µ (22cells) in width. The wood fibers are non-septate 0.69-1.98 mm long,12.8-29.18µ in diameter and have 2.31-6.56µ thick walls.

Cross view of Chinar wood Tangential view of Chinar wood Wood fibers of Chinar

The timber can be used for making furniture, joinery and carpentry work, in construction and manufacturing of rifle butts.

1. Sheikh, M.I.1993. Trees of Pakistan. Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar. pp 100.

2. Siddiqui, K.M., M. Ayaz and I. Mahmood.1996. Properties and Uses of Pakistani Timbers. Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar. pp 83-84.