Azadirachta excelsa is a fast-growing multipurpose timber tree. It is fast becoming a favorite plantation species as an alternate source of logs or timber. The species is found growing naturally in Palawan where it is known as marango or birdseye kalanthus. It can be harvested in 3 to 15 years depending on the planting requirements or planned end-use.
Through this issue, we hope to create more awareness and build interest on the species. So far, based on our assessment of available information and data, A. excelsa promises to be a forest crop worth investing on.
May tree farmers and plantation owners take a look at this endangered species as alternative crop with great potential for success.