teak Verbenaceae Tectona
grandis L. f. symbol: TEGR
Leaf: Opposite, simple, deciduous, ovate, to 18 inches long, typically quite velvety, green above and silvery-hairy below; margins entire.
Flower: Species is monoecious; appearing in large clusters of white flowers borne on 16 inch panicles at the branch tips; individual flowers are 1/4 inch and very fragrant; present mid-summer.
Fruit: A round woody drupe enclosed in a green spongy covering, 1/2 inch in diameter; ripening in winter.
Twig: Stout, gray- brown, somewhat angled, lenticellate, initially covered in silvery to rusty pubescence; leaf scars nearly round to flat-topped.
Bark: Fibrous, grayish brown with shallow fissures.
Form: A large tree to 125 feet tall with a round crown and buttressed trunk.
Additional Range Information: Tectona grandis is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton. See the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDA Plants Database - USDAFS Forest Products Lab
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information