Mayapis Tree

Scientific Name

Shorea squamata

Mayapis Flowers

Mayapis is propagated by seed. It grows into a large tree, reaching as high as 40 to 50 meters in height with a diameter of about 150 centimeters. Its bole is regular and strongly buttressed while its leaves are alternate, simple, smooth on the upper surface, and rough on the lower surface with tufts of stellate hairs.

The bark of mayapis is predominantly ridged and brown to dark brown in color, although it turns gray when exposed to strong sunlight. The tree’s inner bark is stringy in texture, brown to pink in color, with vertical white bands beneath the furrows.

Mayapis resembles closely the almond tree but it is distinguished by its color, thicker bark, and coarser and larger leaves that have more prominent hairs.


Mayapiswood is used for furniture and cabinet works of all kinds, cigar boxes, pattern stocks, veneer, hardboard, and plywood. The wood extractives are tumor-inhibiting.

Mayapis Leaf


In the Philippines, mayapis is commonly found in Babuyanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines, Albay, Sorsogon, Polillo, Mindoro, Marinduque, Panay, Samar, Negros, Biliran, Leyte, Bohol, Surigao, Agusan, Zamboanga, Misamis, Lanao, Davao, and Basilan.

Mayapis Bark